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VCU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

Alumni Association Officers 

HughKeogh'81MS/MC 

PRESIDENT 

Kathleen Burke Barrett 71 BS '73MS/B 

PRESIDENT-ELECT 

Andrew Hulcher'84BS/B 

VICE PRESIDENT 

J. Southall Stone '71BS/B 

SECRETARY 

BethAyers'91MS/E 

TREASURER 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

OFFICER AT lAUGE 



Chairs of School Alumni Boards 
Thomas House '95BGS/NTS 

NONTR ADITION AL STUDIES PROGRAM 

Charles D. Massey '92BS/B 

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 

Robert Almond '74BS '85MEd/E 

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 



Board of Directors 

TERM EXPIRING 2003 

EdSllpek'74BFA 

Peter Aiken '82 BS'85MS/B 

Marika Byrd '92BGS/NTS 

Susan Noble '96MT/E 

Nina Goodwyn '93BS/MC 

Mary Cosby'93/H&S '96MS(RC)/AH 

TERM EXPIRING 2002 

Donna Coghill '90BFA '94MFA 

Eleanor Rumae Foddrell '82BS/B 

William Ginther '69BS '74MS/B 

Charles Greene '98BS/B 

Carol Negus '63BFA 

Cathy Pond 76BSW'80MSW 

Kristi Vera '97MSW 



TERM EXPIRING 2001 

William Davis '74BS/H&S/CPA '79MS/H&S/CPA 
Timothy McKeever '96MBA 

AFRICAN AMERICAN ALUMNI COUNCIL 

Michelle Jones '87BS/H&S 






Hey, we're not in Kansas any more. And thanks to the tech of color 
and web presses, we were able to take Shafer Court Connections into 
four-color printing inside and out, and add four pages at about the 
same cost as our previous format. 

It seems the perfect opportunity to revisit our idea of this 
magazine, communicating with alumni of VCU and RPl. So you'll 
notice a few other changes as well as full color. Bigger type, some 
redesign of departments. And now we have an image that really says 
"Shafer Court Connections"— the compass rosette featured on last 
summer's cover. 

Moving briskly, trudging, 
strolling — our students ctoss and 
recross the campus many times a 
day. Hungry for the world, they 
enter new worlds in the class- 
room, the library and the city. 
As alumni, you go into those 
worlds and set up shop and 
lives. Those radiating points and 
VCU itself work in both direc- 
tions, sending you out there in 
hope and bringing you back, in 
memory and in fact. •'.•'.' 

We chose our title meaning 
to be a place where alumni 
could metaphorically come and 
go, seeing VCU now, revisiting 
RPl or VCU then, in features and 
University news. Through 1 • • : ' ". 
alumni notes, you are crossing 
and re-crossing each other's 
paths. So you'll see the compass rosette here and there throughout the 
magazine, to keep us on course. 

If you look at the cover of this issue, you'll see why we can always 
find our way home. The Alumni House and a fuller magazine are the 
most visual signs of a big step forward for the VCU Alumni Association. 
We're not in Kansas, but we're not in a fantasy Oz, either. The new 
Alumni Merit Scholarships begun from the House (page 15) are the sub- 
stance of real, thoughtful responsibility, supporting the next generation 
of students. 

The VCU Alumni Association is just hitting its stride— and Shafer 
Courrt Connections is staying in step 



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VCU alumni gave voters aiui pofiticos, business and the press 
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Shafer Court Connections is 
a magazine for alumni and 
friends of the Academic Campus of 
Virginia Commonwealth University 
in Richmond. VCU is a Carnegie One 
Research University with an enroll- 
ment of 23,800 students on the 
Academic and Medical College of 
Virginia Campuses. The magazine is 
published twice a year by VCU 
Alumni Activities. 



staff 
MARY ELLEN MERCER 

EDITOR 

BEN CORNATZER 

ART DIRECTOR 

CHERl OWENS 

CLASS NOTES 

SALLY HARRIS lONES 

UNIVERSITY NEWS 

BILL ILES 

DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI ACTIVITIES 



Contact VCU Alumni 
Activities at 

924 West Franklin Street 

P.O. Box 843044 

Richmond, VA 23284-3044. 

Email: VCU-ALUM@vcu.edu. 
Phone (804) VCU-ALUM 

(828-2586) 

fax (804) 828-8197 
Website: www. alumni. vcu.edu 



Cover photography by Anne Lawver '76BFA. 




Copyright © 2000 by Virginia Commonwealth University. 



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"Take two Shafer Courts 
and call me in the morning" 

1 am Larry Matthews' '83BFA 
mother, and I want to thank you for 
sending me the magazines. I had just had 
a tooth pulled, and I came home feeling 
quite sorry for myself when the envelope 
came from VCU. The thrill of seeing my 
son's smiling face ("Hunting Good Will," 
Summer 2000) perked me up and 1 didn't 
need to take any of the pain pills. You 
really provided an instant cure. 1 sent the 
magazine to one of his sisters who had 
poison ivy. It cheered her up. 

The theme and cover for the journal 
was terrific. 

1 have been to VCU recently and 1 
have been amazed at the campus. It looks 
so snazzy now. With all the new build- 
ings and the restored ones, it just looks 
wonderful. 

Larry's sister Bonnie Matthews 
'85BFA, a graphic designer, has a commis- 
sion to design a PR piece about the new 
pandas coming to the National Zoo. She 
worked with both the Chinese and the 
Smithsonian. 

Barbara Matthews 



The summer Shafer Court Connections was 
a really nice issue. It was fun to read about 
aU the eariier times, and look at people's 
clothes, and remember. My husband 
Robert W.Jones '71BS/B graduated in 
business in 1971. We already had a baby 
in the '60s, so he was too busy going to 
school and working to support a baby to 
participate in the demonstrations you 
pictured. 

Our son Welsley David Jones 
'92BS/H&S also graduated from VCU. 

You all do a really nice job with the 
magazine. 

Carol Jones 



Great issue of Shafer Court Connections, 
especially for those of us with an increas- 
ing appetite for nostalgia. Good work. 

1 was curious about the year of the 
picture on page 9 with the crowd of 
students and the white car. 1 though 1 rec- 
ognized myself and several others in it. 
Do you have a date on it? 

1 don't know if there will ever be of 
any use for these kinds of projects in the 
future, but 1 am in the process of giving 
my papers and historical materials to the 
VCU Archives and Special Collections. 
Among the wide spectrum of materials 
are items on RPl and VCU, including 
photos and correspondence. 

In any event, keep up the fine work. 1 
firmly believe that these wonderful publi- 
cations through the years are among the 
most important vehicles we have had to 
raise the reputation of VCU and thereby 



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generate the support it deserves to have. I 
assume that folks there have also consid- 
ered a historically-leaning video or film 
of the institutton recounting, especially 
its unique origins, mission, influences, 
and campus. VCU has been the staging 
area for so many good works in so 
many fields. 

It brings to mind how our own study 
(from the Department of Public Health) 
of the official response to Hurricane 
Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast led 
to reforms in our national disaster relief 
laws and many changes in the practices of 
private agencies. This would have never 
been possible if 1 had not been at VCU, a 
place which was saying this was an 
important effort and allowed me to go to 
the field at that time. (Coincidentally/ 
Ironically, my fourth daughter is named 
Camille.) 

Warm wishes 

Ed Peeples '57BS/E 



I liked the cover of the Summer 2000 
Shafer Court Connections very much. In 
fact, 1 liked the whole magazine. It covers 
everything that should be covered. 

Brian Ohlinger 

You can imagine my surprise when 1 
opened the current Shafer Court 
Connections and saw my photo in the 
1970's group. 1 am the girl sitting on the 
wall in Shafer Court watching "what's his 
name" walk his goat!! 

Sher (Weston) Stec '74BFA 




JANUARY 16 

Alumni Basketball Game and Reception 

Siegel Center, 6:00 pm 

JANUARY 20 

AAAA Meeting 

FEBRUARY? 

Alumni Basketball Game and Reception 

Siegel Caiter, 6:00 pm 

FEBRUARY 10 

Spring Open House — Admissions 

FEBRUARY 24 

Alumni Basketball Game and Reception 

Siegel Center, 2:00 pm 

MARCH 12-16 

Alumni Extern Program 

MARCH 17 

AAAC Meeting 

MARCH26-APRIL3 

VCUAA Alumni College Abroad 

Sorrento 

APRIL 7 

Block Party— Now We're Cookln' 

APRIL 20-21 

REUNION 2001 

Academic Campus 

APRIL 23-MAY1 

VCUAA Alumni College Abroad 

Spain 

APRIL 28 

Destination Imagination 
Reunion 2001— MCV Campus 

MAY 12 
AAAC Meeting 

MAY 17-25 

VCUAA Alumni College Abroad 

On tfie Rhine River 

MAY 19 

Commencement Breakfast & Photography 

COMMENCEMENT 

David Baldacci '83BA/H&S 

JULY 4-12 

VCUAA Alumni College 

Wales 

SEPTEMBER 15 

AAAC Meeting 

SEPTEMBER 26-OCTOBER 5 

VCUAA Alumni College 

Greece 



SHAFER COURT 2 CONNECTIONS 



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VCU administrators responded vigorously 
to "an unbalanced misappraisal of VCU's 
research activities" in the Richmond Times 
Dispatch ("VCU research losing ground?" 
Aug. 27, 2000). The newspaper published 
a letter from Dr. Franl< Macnna, then acting 
vice president for research, and Don 
Gehring, vice president for external rela- 
tions, in the October 1 issue. 

Gehring and Macnna said the article's 
"narrow focus" on National Institutes of 
Health (NIH) funding "led readers to 
believe the research mission at VCU is in 
trouble." The article also implied that 
University commitments to building 
projects kept NIH support for research flat. 
"Neither supposition is correct." Gehnng 
and Macrina said information they had 
provided about VCU's research perfor- 
mance in the 1990s "was either buned in 
the article or simply ignored." 

VCU President Eugene Trani 
comments that "the article did a poor job 
of putting VCU's research prowess in 
context." In 1986, VCU attracted $46 
million in research grants. Last year, the 
University exceeded $1 19 million. VCU is 
ranked one of the top 100 research univer- 
sities by both the federal government and 
the Carnegie Foundation. And during the 
1990s, VCU's research budget grew an 
average of 4 percent a year. 

But VCU administrators don't deny that 
NIH funding has been stagnant over the 
last decade. "There is no question that 
one of our top priorities this year is to 
focus on strengthening the research infra- 
structure at VCU, particularly in support of 
NIH funding," says Trani. "We recognize 
that our research space is not adequate to 
our needs, and addressing this need will 
be a high priority." 




New VP for Research 

Dr. Marsha Torr became VCU's vice president for 
research on September 1, succeeding Dr. William 
Dewey. She has been vice chancellor for research 
at University of Nebraska-Lincoln; vice provost for 
research and professor of physics and astronomy 
at the University of South Carolina; and a NASA 
scientist. 

President Eugene Trani observes that "Dr. Ton- 
has been a successful researcher in both academics 
and in government. Her roles as chief scientist at 
NASA and vice president for research at two uni- 
versities are impressive administrative experience 
that will help grow VCU's research mission." 

Torr will oversee all research aaoss both VCU 
campuses, including research with human and 
with animal subjects. She is leading VCU's contin- 
uing reorganization and expansion of the Office 
of Research. A top priority will be the search for 
an associate vice president for research conduct, 
a position created to ensure that VCU meets all 
federal guidelines for conducting research. Torr 
will work closely with the new associate vice 
president and with Dr. Roy Pickens, associate 
vice president for research development, to build 
VCU's committee infrastructure to meet federal 
research guidelines. 




Honoring Our Own 

At the annual Convocation in 
September, VCU honored four faculty 
members for superior contributions to 
the University and the community. 

Dr. Subhash Narula, winner ot 
the Distinguished Scholar Award and 
professor ot business, is internationally 
respected for his research in locational 
and multicriteria analysis and statistics 
at universities In Greece, Brazil, Finland 
Hungary, Poland and 
elsewhere 

Distinguished 
Teacher, Dr. Daisy 
Reed, recently retired as 
professor of teacher edu- 
cation. Reed, an expert 
on cultural diversity 
issues and effective 
teaching, inspired many 
at-risk students to 
complete high school 
and become teachers 
themselves. 

Dr. Albert Sneden, 
winner of the 
Distinguished Service 
Award, is senior associ- 
ate dean in the College of 
Humanities and Sciences 
and professor of chem- 
istry. In his more than 20 
years at VCU, Sneden 
has been assistant pro- 
fessor, associate chair, 
graduate coordinator and 
now senior associate 
dean. His research 
includes more than 75 
presentations. 

Dr. John Tew won 
the University Award of 
Excellence for his nation- 
ally and internationally 
renowned work in 
immunology. Tew is co- 
director of the dental 
school's Periodontal 
Research Center. His research is one of 
the University's most well funded 
programs, with five NIH grants. 

Genetic Link 

A woman's susceptibility to anorexia 
nervosa is about 58 percent genetically 
influenced, according to the first popu- 
lation-based study to estimate the 
extent to which the eating disorder is 
linked to genetic makeup. The VCU 
study, published in March's American 
Journal of Psychiatry, also found that 
the frequent co-occurrence of anorexia 
and major depression could be from 
shared genetic effects, Dr, Cynthia Bulik, 
study co-author and psychologist at 
VCU's Virginia Institute for Psychiatric 
and Behavioral Genetics, indicated that 
environmental factors might trigger 
the genes. 





WINTER 3 2001 




Lifetime Achievement 

The College on Problems of Drug 
Dependence (CPDD) has awarded high 
honors to two VCU pharmacologists for 
their consistent work and influence in 
the field of drug abuse research. 

Dr, William L, Dewey, former VCU 
vice president for research and now 
senior professor of pharmacology and 
toxicology, received the 
Nathan B Eddy 
Memonal Award for 
lifetime achievement for 
drug abuse research. 

"It IS fitting that Bill 
received the most pres- 
tigious national award 
there is for lifetime 
achievement in drug- 
abuse research," says 
Dr. William L Devuey Dr. Louis Harris, associ- 
ate vice president for health sciences 
and former chair of pharmacology and 
toxicology. "A lot of relationships 
between researchers and the pharma- 
ceutical industry have been strength- 
ened because of his involvement." 
Dewey's research explores how drugs 
relieve pain and the effect of opiates 
and marijuana on the brain and disease. 
The CPDD also honored Dr, Robert 
Balster. professor of pharmacology and 
toxicology and director of VCU's Institute 
for Drug and Alcohol 
Studies, with its first 
Mentorship Award for 
exemplary direction and 
teaching of developing 
researchers. Nominated 
by former students, 
Balster has been 
director of graduate 
training in pharmacolo- 
gy and toxicology 
Dr. Robert Balster "The mentoring 

award reflects the quality of training and 
professional advancement that Bob has 
provided his students over the years," 
says Dr Roy Pickens, VCU associate vice 
president for research. "Many of Bob's 
students have become distinguished 
investigators. This award is a credit both 
to Bob and to VCU." 

The work of these two scientists 
and their support of young researchers is 
a major reason VCU's Department of 
Pharmacology & Toxicology is 4th in the 
country for NIH grants 

Pain and Addiction 

VCU will study pain medication manage- 
ment for patients with a history of pre- 
scription drug abuse, funded by a $1 . 1 
million National Institute of Health (NIH) 
grant. The new project, lead by Dr. 
Deborah Haller, associate chair of the 
Division of Addiction Medicine, 
combines patient education and self- 
monitoring with motivational counseling 
and behavioral therapy. 





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Hundreds of acres of undeveloped 
hardwood and pine forests, grassy fields 
and a 70-acre lake will serve as a natural 
classroom for VCU students and 
researchers. Mrs. Inger Rice recently 
donated 342 acres along the James River 
for the Inger and Walter Rice Center for 
Environmental Life Sciences. 

"The Rice Center will be key to 
advancing the mission and goals of life 
sciences at VCU," said VCU President 
Eugene Irani. "This property, nch in 
natural resources and teeming with 
wildlife, will essentially enable the Universi- 
ty to create a world-class environmental 
life sciences program." 

The land, just 30 minutes east of VCU 
between the Berkeley and Shirley planta- 
tions in Charles City County, is a living 
laboratory for students in environmental 
engineering and chemistry, environmental 
epidemiology, landscape ecology and 
other fields. The site will also offer com- 
munity outreach and education programs 
for the general public and area schools. 

"It gives me great pleasure to make 
this gift to VCU, an institution with an 
excellent reputation for teaching, research 
and sePv/ice," says Rice. "My hope is that 
this contnbution helps further the study of 
the life sciences, improving the quality of 
life for Virginians." Rice, widow of a former 
U.S. ambassador, studied interior design at 
Richmond Professional Institute, now 
VCU, in the 1960s. 



Biocomplexity 

The Rice gift gives a tremendous surge to an 
already racing Life Sciences initiative that promises 
to bring 'VCU into national prominence in life 
sciences and to boost incoming research funding. 
The program will unite the academic and medical 
campuses and the VCU Health System, blending 
science, mathematics, medicine, technology, 
humanities and engineering. 

"At VCU, we are approaching life sciences as 
an interdisciplinary study of the interrelationship 
among all the components of biological life," says 
VCU President Eugene Trani. "The integrated 
study of how these individual components 
interact defines what scientists call Tjiological 
complexity,' and it ranges from molecular mecha- 
nisms to the environment to human values." 

Plans include: a five-year master's degree in 
Bioinformatics, with Forensic Science and 
Biotechnology to follow; a new Life Sciences 101 
course, required for all medical campus majors; 
and new faculty recruitment. The new Life 
Sciences Building at Main and Harrison Streets wOl 
be completed in time for classes in Fall 2001. 



Internal Oversight 

The Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) 
approved VCU's request for a second Internal 
Review Board (IRB). Dr. Deborah Haller, associate 
professor of psychiatry, chairs the new IRB panel, 
which monitors social and behavioral research. 

The other VCU IRB panel, chaired by Dr. 
■William Smith, associate dean of administiative 
affairs in the School of Pharmacy, focuses on bio- 
medical protocols. Both panels have authority to 
conduct all normal IRB activities, including 
exempt, expedited and regular reviews of 
proposed and ongoing research. 

This is another step towards independent 
footing after the OHRP declared a moratorium on 
VCU's research projects January 6-31, saying the 
oversight of research involving human subjects 
was inadequate — altliough no subjects had been 
harmed. (The OHRP aackdown affected Duke 
University and several others as weU as VCU.) 

VCU took immediate action to bring the 
University into compliance, and extensive reorga- 
nization of research oversight and support in the 
past year. 



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VCU seeks $377 million in state funds over the next six years for University-wide 
improvements. VCU's Board of Visitors endorsed the Institutional Performance 
Agreement (I PA), which calls for $198 million in operating improvements and almost 
$179 million for capital projects. Academic improvements include support for VCU Life 
Sciences, VCU's Student Outcomes Assessment program, undergraduate medical edu- 
cation. School of Engineering external funding, and implementing an internal planning, 
budget and evaluation process. VCU will also increase its international profile. 

The state had asked VCU and four other state universities to submit IPAs, which 
must show improvements in areas including student enrollment, retention and gradua- 
tion rates; research awards; and efficient management of staff and building space before 
receiving new funds. 

VCU President Eugene Irani said "the IPA defines a shared vision between the insti- 
tution and the Commonwealth for the institution's contributions to public higher educa- 
tion in Virginia and the nation, and then to ensure predictable funding to support this 
vision." 

VCU Rector Edward L. Flippen, also head of the governor's higher education commis- 
sion, asserts, "This is not a wish list. We've developed a financial plan to go with our 
strategic plan." 

Still, Flippen cautions, "We're adopting a prototype that the General Assembly may 
or may not buy. " Many Virginia lawmakers question the six-year funds for accountability 
program, devised by Gov. Gilmore's administration, which will leave office after 
November 2001 elections. And the entire House of Delegates faces re-election. 

Major operating funds VCU is requesting: $32 million for libraries and new administra- 
tive technology, $24 million for 71 new full-time faculty, $32 million to improve graduate 
education, particularly doctoral programs. Capital improvements: $22 million for Business 
Building expansion and renovation, $17 million to renovate Oliver Hall, $14 million for 
Franklin Street Gymnasium renovations, and $13.6 million to refurbish West Hospital. 
The plan also seeks $1.1 million for increased resident enrollment growth. To see VCU's 
entire IPA, click on http://www.vcu.edu/ipa/ipa.pdf. 




Dr. Kenneth Kendler 



Science Watch on VCU 

VCU's impact in psychiatric 
research is enormous both 
nationally and internationally, 
according to a new Science 
Watch report for the 1990s. 
The journal ranked VCU's 
Department of Psychiatry 14th 
among the worid's top 25 
institutions with the most 
cited research papers in psychi- 
atry, beating out 18th-ranked 
Johns Hopkins University and 
20th-ranked Duke University. 

VCU also ranked second in the U.S. and fifth 
woridwide among institutions producing at least 
10 high-impact research papers in psychiatry. 
Science Watch's May/June issue identified the 200 
most-cited papers between 1990-98 and compiled 
a list of 1, 800. 

Three VCU researchers earned top 20 rankings 
as authors of high-impact papers. Dr. Kenneth 
Kendler, psychiatry professor and director of 
Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral 
Genetics, ranked second, with 29 high-impact 
papers and 309 citations. Dr. Lindon Eaves, 
human genetics professor, was 15th, and Dr. 
Michael Neale, associate professor of psychiatry, 
was 20th. 

"We have been building our psychiatric 
genetics program and behavioral genetics research 
at VCU for more than 15 years," explains psychia- 
try chair Dr. Joel Silverman. "We are beginning to 
get some of the national recognition that our 
excellent faculty deserve." 



Accessing Quality 

VCU got top scores for minority graduates 
with advanced degrees. Black Issues in Higher 
Education's ninth annual "Top 100 Degree 
Producers" ranked VCU among the nation's top 
50 institutions for graduating minority students 
with advanced degrees. 

VCU ranks 35th for graduating students of 
all minorities vnth first professional degrees in 
health professions and related sciences, and 19th 
for African-American students alone. Among 
Asian-Americans, VCU ranks 10th in doctorates 
in biological and Ufe sciences and 37th in first 
professional degrees in health professions. 

"These rankings show that VCU has been 
strongly committed to diversity," said Dr. 
Roderick McDavis, provost and vice president for 
academic affairs. "That diversity aeates dynamics 
in the learning experience, as students from differ- 
ent backgroimds raise the level of dialogue 
and generate a positive exchange of 
ideas." Being accessible to minorities, 
VCU accesses quality students. 

In first professional degree programs 
in health, about 22 percent of VCU grad- 
uates were minorities in 1997-98. 




Diane Cook-Tench 



New Adventures 

After building VCU's 
Adcenter into one of the 
nation's top graduate 
advertising schools, 
founding director Diane 
Cook-Tench has stepped 
aside as director to 
launch the Adcenter's 
new executive graduate 
program for advertising and 
marketing professionals. 

"We want not only to produce the 
next generation of leaders in the 
business, but we also want to work with 
the top end of the industry," she told the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch The new 
program will help Adcenter students 
build closer ties with ad pros in town for 
sessions. In fall 2000, 30 professionals 
enrolled in sessions on copywriting, art 
direction and account planning. 

Dr. Patricia Alvey, creative program 
head at University of Texas's advertising 
school, is acting Adcenter director for a 
year, during a national search for a new 
director. "When you talk about elegant 
and savvy programs attached to univer- 
sities, there are two — Texas and VCU," 
says Alvey, "I can't imagine going to any 
other university ad program." 

Graduate Engineering 

In fall 2000, VCU launched doctoral and 
master's programs in engineenng. The 
interdisciplinary degrees combine 
chemical, electrical and mechanical 
engineering with experience in manu- 
facturing and business. Courses cover 
manufacturing systems, business and 
management. Students get entrepre- 
neurial practice working with regional 
businesses. "VCU pledges that the 
graduate programs will operate without 
any additional state funding." says 
Phyllis Palmiero, executive director of 
the State Council of Higher Education for 
Virginia, who approved the programs. 





Epidemic Violence 

VCU will open a Youth Violence Prevention 
Center, funded by a $1.2 million grant, one of 
only 10 given to American colleges and universi- 
ties by the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention. The Center, on VCU's MCV Campus, 
will support community efforts to reduce and stop 
youth violence, focusing on urban issues. 

"Youth violence... is one of the top five causes 
of death among young people," said Dr. Margaret 
Dolan, associate professor of pediatrics and emer- 
gency medicine. "Although there are many 
quality youth-violence prevention efforts in 
Richmond, there is little coordination among 
them. This grant will bring these programs 
together so all will benefit." 

The center will involve VCU's Schools of 
Education, Social Work and 
Medicine, and Departments of 
Psychology and Criminal Justice. 

R2-D2's Grandpa? 

The future: appliances with minds 
of their own. Well, almost. VCU's 
School of Engineering has plugged 
into Invensys Controls to create 
the next generation of household 
control systems, which would 
adapt to conditions without inter- 
vention by humans. "Humans 
know that systems are working 
•,_j because they receive feedback. We 

need to design appUance systems 
for refrigerators, ovens and washers that give that 
same level of feedback," explains Dr. Rosalyn 
Hobson, VCU assistant professor of electrical engi- 
neering. 

"Using an interface as simple as an ATM, 
homeowners will be able to monitor and adjust 
appliances, air conditioning. Lighting or irrigation 
from an office computer, a laptop or even a cell 
phone," continues Tim Matt, vice president for 
advanced technology development at Invensys. A 
$158,000 National Science Foundation grant 
supports the two-year project. Invensys invested 
another $172,000. 



The School of Education has its first Fulbright Scholar. Doctoral student 
Dongphuong Truong will study adult education delivery systems in her 
native Vietnam. "With the Fulbnght, I can return to my homeland and be 
of service. That's something I've always wanted to do." Truong's family 
fled Vietnam in 1980 on a leaky fishing boat packed with 87 refugees. 

Brandy Rutledge is an inaugural Gates Millenium Scholar, one of 
4,100 minority students chosen by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
from 62,000 applications. Rutledge, a first year doctoral student in biosta- 
tistics, joined three other scholars who spoke at a recent conference in 
Seattle. Scholars were chosen based on grades, leadership skills, citizen- 
ship and financial need. The United Negro College Fund, the Hispanic 
Scholarship Fund and the Amencan Indian College Fund administer the 
renewable scholarship. 

Two VCU graduate art students won prestigious Joan Mitchell 
Foundation awards of $10,000. The ten annual awards help young artists 
move from academic to professional studio work. Kim Baranowski's 
'OOMFA/A sculpture has appeared at the Corcoran Gallen/ and 
Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the University of 
Shanghai in China. Painter and pnntmaker Heide Trepanier 'OOMFA/A 
has shown work at the Marchtuz Gallen/ in Aix-en-Provence, France, the 
University of Shanghai, and local venues. 



Runway Recycle 

"Wearable Art. Nude 
Descending the Runway," 
organized by VCU's School 
of the Arts and 1708 Gallen/, 
was held at La Difference in Richmond 
October 28. Fashion design, graphic 
design and art foundation students and 
alumni from VCU and professional 
artists and designers recycled 21rst- 
century detritus into fashion. Shelia 
Newman and Tamika Johnson created 
a wedding dress made up dryer 
sheets — for a "Static-Free Wedding." 
Erica Zubof used 500 chopsticks in 
"Chinese Take-Out," which won "Most 
Likely to Draw Flies." 




Massey Extends Reach 

VCU's cancer tieatment efforts will help more 
patients than ever with an addition to Stony 
Point, the University's satellite outpatient facUity 
in southwest Richmond. At the $6.6 million, 
20,000-square-foot addition, suburban 
Richmonders can see MCV Hospitals physicians 
for a range of cancer care, from diagnosis and 
chemotherapy and radiation therapy to physical 
and occupational therapy. 

"Our Stony Point patients wni have fuU advan- 
tage of our local and national research trials on 
cancer prevention and treatment as well as our 
early detection programs," adds Dr. Gordon 
Cinder, Massey Cancer Center director. Massey 
Cancer Center has received continuous funding 
from the National Cancer Institute since 1975. 

Killed in the Marketplace? 

Learn business tactics from Civil War generals? 
Definitely. VCU students tackled a team-building 
and leadership exercise when Dr. Randy Barker 
took classes to 
Fredericksburg 
to re-enact 
the battle of 
ChanceUorsville, 
where Union 
Gen. Joseph 
Hooker suffered 
defeat and 
Confederate 
Gen. Stonewall 
Jackson was mis- 
takenly killed by 
his own tioops. 

"We chal- 
lenged students 
to understand 
the dynamics of 
leadership in 
this battie, to 
analyze the 

outcome and assess how the skirmish could have 
been better managed — on both sides," says BiU 
MiUer, director of the School of Business's Fast- 
ttack MBA program. 

Student Anja Thomas, product manager for 
Hamilton Beach Proctor SiJex, learned that "first, it 
is important to have a plan and a common goal. 





Secondly, you have to be flexible. If competitors 
raise or lower their prices, you must adapt or you 
will get killed in the marketplace." 



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Last summer, two Kazakstan School of 
Public Health (KSPH) educators traveled 
to VCU in search of their own public 
health education. Their visit is part of an 
ongoing exchange between KSPH and 
VCU's Departments of Health 
Administration, Public Administration 
and Schools of Education and Nursing, 
funded by USAID. VCU faculty have 
traveled to Kazakstan as well, to help 
KSPH, only three years old, create its 
own graduate program in health admin- 
istration and public health by 2001 . The 
Kazaks observed VCU's Executive 
Master's Program in Health Administration and consulted with nursing school faculty. 

Dr. Yasar Ozcan, professor of health administration and VCU coordinator of the VCU- 
KSPN partnership, explains, "The Kazak faculty are already skilled lecturers, but the tnps 
to VCU give them the whole perspective of what's involved in a master's program, and it 
creates an experiential base for future teaching. " 

Formerly part of the Soviet Union, the Republic of Kasakstan's population is nearly 1 5 
million, and public health has lagged in recent years. The World Health Organization esti- 
mated in 1992 that over 20 percent of Kazakstan children did not get basic vaccinations. 
Rates are high for communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, measles and diphtheria, 
and medical care is limited. In the mountains near Almaty for even/one's health are Dr. 
Maksut Kulzhanov, rector of KSPH, with VCU's Dr. Antony DelEllis, assistant dean of 
Nursing, Ozcan, and Dr. Joann Richardson, School of Education faculty. 

This is one of several VCU exchanges funded through USAID's AIHA Health 
Partnerships Program, a coordinated U.S. response to health issues in Central and 
Eastern Europe. In Azerbaijan, VCU and community volunteer physicians and nurses are 
training physicians (more often specialists) in priman/ health care. "We have resources to 
really make a difference," comments Dr. David Marsland, chair of family medicine. "At 
the same time," he observes, "relationships like this one help us truly understand what's 
going on around the world." 



The Robbins Revisions 

World-famous novelist and VCU Alumni 
Star 1 989 Tom Robbins '59BS/MC 

donated his entire collection of literary 
manuscripts to VCU Libraries last 
fall, including early drafts of fils 
seven novels. 

"Tfiese manuscripts really show 
the author's complete career to date," 
said Curtis Lyons, head of VCU Libraries' 
Special Collections and Archives. 
Scholars and fans can see how Robbins 
worked his quirky, whimsical prose 
through several handwritten versions to 
the printed pages of bestsellers like 
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Skinny 
Legs and All, and Jitterbug Perfume 
(Students might even acknowledge the 
value of revision I 

Lyons says VCU Libraries was "quite 
surprised when Tom called us out of the 
blue last year to make such a generous 
donation, but apparently he still has a 
soft place in his heart for his alma 
mater." Alumni will remember Robbins' 
column, "A Walk on the Wild Side" in 
The Prescript, the RPI student newspa- 
per. He was also an Alumni Star in 1989. 

Graduate Engineering 

In fall 2000, VCU launched doctoral and 
master's programs in engineering. The 
interdisciplinary degrees combine 
chemical, electrical and mechanical 
engineering with experience in manu- 
facturing and business. Courses cover 
manufacturing systems, business and 
management. Students get entrepre- 
neurial practice working with regional 
businesses. "VCU pledges that the 
graduate programs will operate without 
any additional state funding," says 
Phyllis Palmiero, executive director of 
the State Council of Higher Education for 
Virginia, who approved the programs. 



Freshmen Boot Up 

The 2000 freshman class is VCU's biggest and 
brightest ever. The University enrolled 2,732 
freshmen, up from 2,460 in 1999. Since fall 1995, 
freshman applications have inaeased by 45 
percent, enrollment by 62 percent. Also since 
1995, average SAT scores have increased 22 points 
to 1034, and average GPA has inaeased from 2.93 
to 3.06. 

Enrollment in aU race and ethnic categories is 
up. This year, almost one-fifth of the freshman 
class is African-American. Other minorities are 10 
percent of enrollment, and 3 percent are interna- 
tional students. 

To keep up with the growing student body, 
VCU has added a state-of-the-art computer lab in 
the basement of the Hibbs Building. 'The lab, open 
to all students, features two flat-bed scanners, one 
slide-scanner and video editing equipment to aid 
students with class projects. VCU is wiring dorms 
as well, and by fall 2001, all freshmen are required 
to arrive with computers. 




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Men's Tennis soared to 9th nationally after reaching the national champi- 
onship finals, the first for any VCU athletic progrann. After a disappointing 
loss to Stanford in the finals, the Ranns finished the season 27-5. VCU senior 
Frank Moser ranked 8th nationally in the WingspanBank.com Division I colle- 
giate tennis rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. 

The U.S. Professional Tennis Association named VCU Men's 
Tennis Coach Paul Kostin [Inseti 2000 College Coach of the year, his 
fifth U.S. PTA award. "In the past, I've won some individual awards, 
but when you do this as a whole team — and it's so tough when you 
have so many good schools — and break through and go all the way to 
the finals, you feel like you've done your job for this life, " Kostin says. 



Rams Basketball 



Jan. 20 

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Feb. 27 

Mar.3-5 CM Conference Tournament 



at Old Dominion 7:35pm 
IHTS-TVI 

N.C.-WILMINGTON 7;30 pm 

at East Carolina 7 pm 

at James Madison 7 pm 

AMERICAN 7:30 pm 

WILLIAM & MARY 7:30 pm 
(HTS-TV) 

at George Mason 7 pm 

at Richmond 7:30 pm 

at N.C. -Wilmington 7 pm 

OLD DOMINION 4 pm 
(HTS-TVI 

RICHMOND TBA 




Going for the Gold 

Three former VCU bas- 
ketball players were 
Sydney bound last 
summer to play in the 
Olympics Sherman 
Hamilton '97BS/H&S 
[above, right) represent- 
ed Canada. Yann 
Bonato [below, right) 
played for France, 
Evgeny 
Kisurin [left) 
for Russia (at 
VCU he spelled 
It Eugene 
Kissounne). All 
three teams 
advanced to the 
medal rounds. 




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Slugger 

Jason Dubois became the first baseball 
player in VCU history to be selected first 
team on a pair of Ail-American teams. 
The American Baseball Coaches 
Association and Louisville Slugger both 
named the junior outfielder/pitcher All- 
Amencan. Dubois was the Chicago 
Cubs' 14th-round selection in the 2000 
amateur baseball draft and is expected 
to play first base professionally. 



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The Colonial Athletic Association will drop 
from nine members to six next season 
when Richmond, East Carolina and 
American depart for new leagues. Losing 
these teams would put the CAA at the 
minimum to participate in National 
Collegiate Athletic Association tourna- 
ments. One option, a merger with the 10- 
team American East conference, was 
rejected. 

However, in mid-December, four 
American East teams — Towson, 
Delaware, Drexel and Hofstra — announced 
they will join the CAA in 2003. Adding 
these schools will preserve the confer- 
ence's automatic bids in all sports — and 
give VCU a presence in New York City and 
Philadelphia. 



Certified Career Development 

VCU's School of Business is offering a Real Estate 
and Urban Land Development graduate certificate 
for career advancement among real-estate profes- 
sionals, one of the first in the nation. The 18- 
aedit program waives traditional prerequisites, 
saving students time to develop professional 
networks. Qualified students may continue 
courses beyond their certificate, applying it toward 
a graduate degree. 

Inner Space 

On June 5, Daniel Goldin, chief NASA 
Administrator, spoke to 50 researchers, faculty, 
staff and students praising the collaboration 
between NASA, VCU and the Virginia 
Biotechnology Research Park for revolutionary 
research in telemedicine and life sciences. 
The field of telemedicine, he said, "will 
develop nanosensors (tiny sensors) that can be 
integrated with proteins in the body to detect 
diseases and ailinents anywhere from 10-30 years 
before they would actually surface." 




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The Mexican film festival Ajijic Festival 
International de Cine featured a short film 
by VCU s Pamela Turner '84BFA 

'88MFA, assistant chair of communication 
arts and design. Turner's 3-D computer- 
animated film Falling Back to Earth: 
Tomatillo, inspired by her garden, harvest- 
ed Best Animated Narrative Award from 
the Brooklyn Film Festival and a CiNY 
Award for outstanding filmmaking from 
the CineWomen New York Festival. 
Tomatillo was part of the Science/Fiction 
exhibit at Women Made Gallery in Chicago 
in fall, 2000. 



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VCU students became health mission- 
aries for two weeks last summer 
when nine medical students traveled 
with faculty to Honduras. As often 
happens, the missionanes had their 
own conversion expenences. 

In 1998, Hurncane Mitch devastat- 
ed the Honduras, and medical care in 
rural areas is scarce. The group's 
leader was Dr. Thomas Kerkering, 

VCU infectious disease expert and a frequent flier in this sort of mission. The goal, he 
explains, was "to expose the students to the radically different health conditions and 
services expenenced by most of the rest of the world. In today's high-tech environment, 
students tend to lose track that the history and physical examination are the essentials of 
medicine," he comments. 

Hey Chong, second-year medical student, found it quite hard at first. "You worry that 
they expect you to perform miracles. I worked with an older lady, 86, with a large mass 

on her jaw. She thanked me so much and 
held my hand and said a prayer for me. 
Here I am giving this woman Tylenol, and 
she IS unbelievably grateful." 

Chong and his classmates saw more 
than 2,000 people in Honduran clinics, 
treating everything from malnutrition and 

NM^^mm^^, '^'^^M ^'9'^ blood pressure to depression and 

y^B^Bn^B^^, ^^^^1 post-traumatic stress from Hurricane Mitch. 

Students paid their own way, and medical 
supplies were donated from community 
physicians, VCU doctors and several 
Richmond businesses. 




Open, Wide 

The Philips Institute of Oral and Craniofacial 
Molecular Biology opened on the MCV Campus 
of VCU in March, 2000, under Director Dr. Francis 
Macrina. Institute researchers are exploring the 
molecular biology of head and neck cancers; the 
molecular biology of infectious diseases of the oral 
cavity, like tooth decay and peridontal disease; 
and aaniofacial molecular genetics, including 
birth defects of the head and neck as well as 
genetics of head and neck cancers. 

Dr. John F. Philips '69DDS donated $1.25 
million to the School of Dentistry to honor his 
father, who died of throat cancer when Philips 
was a dental student. 

Institute researchers are exploring three major 
areas: molecular biology of head and neck cancers; 
molecular biology of infectious diseases of the oral 
cavity, such as tooth decay and periodontal 
disease; and aaniofacial molecular genetics, 
including birth defects of the head and neck as 
well as genetics of head and neck cancers. 



Blocking MS 

A VCU researcher is part of breakthrough multiple 
sclerosis research into the use of interferon beta la, 
sold prescriptively as Avonex, to slow or even 
prevent the disease. Dr. Warren L. Felton III, VCU 
Neuro-Ophthalmology Division chair and one of 
the study's principal investigators monitored nine 
patients at VCU's site. The study included 383 
patients and 50 medical centers in the U.S. and 
Canada. 

"This study indicates that by beginning this 
treatment right after the first attack, there is an 
improved chance of delaying the onset of that 
second attack, and therefore the disease itself," 
Felton explains. About 1 million woridwide and 
more than 350,000 Americans suffer from MS, 
which usually strikes women 20-40 years old. 

Understanding Deafness. 

VCU researcher Dr. Xue Zhong Liu is part of an 
international team that cloned the gene responsi- 
ble for Usher's Syndrome, a genetic disease that 
causes deafness and blindness. The cloning "will 
help us chip away at the seaets of Usher's 
Syndrome and the underlying mechanics of 
genetic deafness," says Liu, who is collaborating 
with researchers at Paris' Pasteur Institute and 
London's Institute of Child Health. "The next step 
is to find out just how many individuals with 
Usher Syndrome have a fault in this gene to 
enable us to find out if this is the major cause." 




Reviewing for the Troops 
Dr. Richard Luck '68MS(RC)/AH. 

rehabilitation counseling associate 

professor in the School of Allied Health 

Professions, was appointed to a U.S. 

Blue Ribbon Panel of 

Rehabilitation Experts to 

review all policies and 

procedures nationally 

for the Department of 

Veterans Affairs. Vice 

chair of the department, 

Luck has served on state 

licensing boards, and he 

is a vocational expert for 

the Social Security Administration 

Bureau of Hearings and Appeals. He 

has shared information and training with 

colleagues in Brazil and among the 

Canadian Sioux. 

Women's Healtli 

VCU's Institute for Women's Health 
received $2.7 million from NIH to fund 
four interdisciplinary scholars in 
women's health every year. The Institute 
will provide training and mentorship in 
fields such as reproductive health, 
aging, psychiatnc genetics, substance 
abuse and cancer. 

Cardiac Cooperative 

MCV Hospitals has joined the Virginia 
Cardiac Surgery Initiative (VCSI), a 
voluntary statewide consortium of 10 
cardiac surgery physician groups and 17 
hospitals that have united in an effort to 
raise quality standards. 

"This is an important and innovative 
initiative and an encouraging first step 
in forming a collaboration between all of 
the major medical institutions in the 
state," said Dr. Robert S.D. Higgins, 
associate professor of surgery and 
chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at 
MCV Hospitals. Each institution will set 
up its own global package price for each 
procedure. 

The VCSI is the first initiative in the 
country where all cardiothoracic surgery 
groups and hospitals offering open-heart 
surgery services have pulled together to 
share quality and outcomes information 
in a non-competitive environment. 

Stress and HIV 

Dr. Nancy McCain, professor of nursing, 
won a $2.76 million NIH grant — the 
largest grant in School of Nursing 
history — to continue her nearly 20-year 
research into stress and immune 
function in HIV patients. McCain's work 
will build on her findings that behavioral 
therapy can lower stress levels and 
improve immune function for HIV 
patients. 



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2 1 




BY DEVERON TIMBERLAKE 'gBMA/HgiS 




Its curving brown steps have borne it 
all: honeymooners, young families, 
doctors and patients, six decades of 
VCU students, and, more 
recently, a fleet of com- 
mittees and construction 
workers. Built as one of 
the Fan District's first 
"spec" houses, the three- 
story Victorian row house 
at 924 West Franklin 
Street now reveals its 
newest incarnation as the 
Richard T. Robertson 
Alumni House. And yes, 
VCU, this older star is 
ready for its close-up. 

In a six-month 
rebuilding frenzy, 
planners, contractors and 
designers — many of them 
alumni — orchestrated a 
thorough transformation. 
The tfiree-story brown- 
stone, circa 1897, now 
welcomes its extended family with 
top-notch amenities, handicapped 
access and a luxurious neo-Victorian 
decor. Brilliant wall colors, elegant 
silk fabrics on windows and furnish- 
ings, and portraits on loan from the 



Anderson Gallery highlight a 
gracious setting that honors old and 
new. 

"I really tried to strike a balance 
between respecting the architecture 
of the building and the contempo- 
rary audience that would use it," says 
Gary Iiunan '93MA/A, who directed 
interior design for the first floor. 
"This building has to function a 
great deal, and we wanted it to feel 
like a very elegant home. 1 try to 
create rooms that invite people to 
come in and talk, read and interact 
with one another." Inman, connect- 
ed to VCU as graduate, instructor 
and guiding light on this project, 
recruited a number of fellow 
alumni to help with the design 
and decor. 

"Lara Koplin '92BFA did the 
floor canvas based on two different 
documents from the late 19th 
century; Michael Etto '98BFA did 
the metal accent tables, which are 
painted to look like a Chinese red 
lacquer that has faded over time. 
Cindy Whitney '99BFA, a double 
major in art history and crafts, 
does ceramics conservation now. 
She restored the tiles around the 



In the reception area, a charac- 
teristically energetic Dr. Henry 
Hibbs, founder of the Richmond 
Professional Institute, looks up 
from a pile of plans to greet 
alumni, (/eft) 

Beth '91MS/E and Charlie Ayers 
'89BS/B stand in the David G. 
Williamson Jr. '57MHA confer- 
ence room named for Beth's 
father, who established the 
Williamson Institute for Health 
Studies at the MCV Campus. 
Their gift, was one of the major 
donations to begin the Alumni 
Merit Scholarship fund, [right! 

The Baldacci Family Parlor 
catches the afternoon sun. 
ibelowj 



As we were. 



SHAFER COURT 10 CONNECTIONS 





fireplaces and replicated the missing 
tiles. Sherran Deems '72BFA 
'93MFA/A hand-painted and gilded 
the two French chairs. David 
Turner's '91BFA mural for the stair 
hall is an allegory of the history of 
the University. Amy Moorefield 
'96BA/A from the Anderson Gallery 
worked closely with us to select the 
art, frame and install it. They all 
spent so much effort researching 
things to create the highest level 
they could achieve," Inman notes. At 
the same time, Cameron Stiles 
'81BFA worked with staff to design 
their offices and work and meeting 
spaces on the second and third 
floors. 

"1 think it turned out wonderful- 
ly," says Kenny Jones, president of 
Prestige Constmction Group and 
general contractor for the project. 
"The budget, the time frame, the 
structural issues, trying to keep the 
historical integrity of the facility. . . 
- , those were challenges, but 

VCU was great to work 
with." Jones, a business 
student who played VCU 
basketball under coach J.D. 
Barnett in 1979, recalls tough 
but life-enhancing times at 
the University. Those years 
prepared him, he says, for 
the rigorous and multi- 
dimensional field of con- 
struction. 

For this project, Jones 
supervised electricians, 
plumbers, brick masons, 
roofers, drywallers, painters, 
floor refinishers 
and an army of 
subcontractors 
during a restora- 
tion project best 
described as 
unexpectedly 
complex. "Now 
the house is a 
gateway to the 
University, and 
I'm proud to 
have done the 
work," he adds. 

Hugh Keogh 
'81MS/MC, presi- 



dent of the VCU Alumni Association, 
says the house is part of an impor- 
tant series of improvements at the 
University. "1 think if you put the 
house in the context of the Siegel 
Center, the new 
Fine Arts 
Building, the 
Engineering 
School, the new 
Life Sciences 
Building, it's part 
and parcel of a 
very genuine 
physical develop- 
ment effort at 
VCU to give it a 
new face." 
Unique at VCU 
in its thorough 
period restora- 
tion, the Alumni 
House softens the 
sharp, driving 
edge of the newer 
buildings. "The 
house gives 
charm and grace 
to the academic 
community." 

It was a hot, 
breezy afternoon 
on May 9, 2000 when the 
Richard T. Robertson Alumni 
House threw its first party for 
the dedication. Guests spilled 
out onto Franklin Street to hear 
remarks from Dr. Eugene Trani 
and the committee members 
who carried out the project. 
Buzz about the new building 
added palpable energy to the 
proceedings, as guests strained 
to see inside and admire the 
much-anricipated unveiling 
firsthand. It was a moment 
that Dick Robertson '67BS/MC 
found particularly moving. "1 love 
that place, 1 gotta tell you. When 1 
was a freshman, 1 remember walking 
around the Fan District and just 
falling in love with it, and thinking, 
one day, what I'd really like to do is 
get one of these old buildings and 
restore it. 

"As life turned out, I moved to 
California, but Jack Sims approached 



The central entry hall 
and dining room gives 
a vibrant, red welcome 
to visitors coming in 
through the handi- 
capped entrance from 
the back of the house. 





It's a three-pointer for builder 
Kenny Jones, who played VCU 
basketball under legendary 
coach J.S. Barnett. Kenny and 
his wife, Otella, take pride in a 
solid job. 



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Natty New York artist Colonel 
A. A. Anderson — one of 
several portraits and paint- 
ings on long loan from the 
Anderson Gallery — 
commands the second parlor. 
For guests overcome by the 
beauty of the rooms, the 
"fainting couch" is handy. 




me about the naming gift to the 
alumni house. I adore the school, 
and this is a way I could be involved 
and my family's name could be a 
part of this great University, in a 
great old building totally remodeled 
and redone by VCU people. It is a 
really special feeling." 

Robertson is a man who likes to 
spread his warmth around — he led 
VCU's "Partners for Progress" 
fundraising campaign, and he and 
his wife often host the Women's 
Tennis team during California tour- 
naments. So he was especially 
pleased that he could multiply his 
gift through a series of matching 
contributions, allowing the school to 
pay for the house and fund Alumni 
Merit Scholarships (sidebar). "Tfiis 
will help us compete with scholar- 
ship money for the best and the 
brightest students," he says, and 
chuckles. "And now 1 can stop by 
and have a cup of coffee at the R.T.R. 
Alumni House instead of staying in 
my room at the Jefferson Hotel." 

Many alumni found the project 
compelling. Ken Magill '65BS/ 
B'69MS/E was ready to step down as 
president of the Alumni Association 
when he was tapped to head the 
Alumni House Committee. "We just 
decided that we were going to work 
towards bringing an alumni house to 
the University before several of us 
old timers stepped down from the 
alumni board, and we geared all of 
our efforts to make that dream come 

Railings and rehab — patterns of preservation. 



true," he says. Instrumental conmiit- 
tee members include Marsha Shuler 
'74BS '79MA/B, Stephanie Holt 
'74BS/B, Nick Orsi III '65BS/B, 
John Cook '89BS/B, Andy Hulcher 
'84BS/B, Joan Rexinger 
'86BGS/H&S and Dick Nelson 
'65BS/B. "They were the nucleus of 
the folks who did the work behind 
the scenes." Magill adds, "I'd be 
remiss if I didn't put in a real plug 
for Bill lies, VCU's executive director 
of Alumni Activities. We could not 
have pulled this off without his 
hard work." 

Marsha Shuler continues, "At my 
first meeting as president of the 
Alumni Association, we voted to buy 
the house. We went through a 
process with the committee to deter- 
mine how we wanted to renovate 
the house, what would be important 
for alumni. We purchased the house 
and gave it to the University, and we 
were able to use the house as a 
catalyst for scholarships (sidebar). 
Our goals were to help the University 
with scholarships to attract good 
students, and to have a presence on 
campus that was readily identifiable 
as the alumni organization." 

Three years later, the reality is 
even better than the dream. "We 
look at it as the door to VCU," says 
Magill, "a warm and inviting place 
for students and faculty and alumni 
and friends to gather and celebrate 
the University." Shuler comments, "I 
am very proud to see what's happen- 
ing at VCU. 1 think it's a very 
exciting place to be right now." 



An eager crowd spilled 
into Franklin Street in the 
hot May sun on opening 
day — and what a swell 
party it was! 





"I Ivoethis place, I gotta 
tell you." A beaming Dick 
Robertson welcomes VCU 
friends and family to the 
Richard T. Robertson 
Alumni House. 



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"Great universities need great 
students," said Dick Robertson 
'67BS/MC, "and this will help us 
compete with scholarship money 
for the best and the brightest 
students. How can you say no to 
a proposition like that?" 

Many of VCU's great alumni 
said a resounding YES! to a propo- 
sition to let their donations do triple 
duty — using the new Alumni 
House as the springboard for a 
series of matching grants that 
established an Alumni Merit 
Scholarship Fund. 

*The VCU Alumni 
Association kicked off the 
campaign June 1, 1999 by 
pledging to match naming 
gifts from alumni for the 
Alumni House dollar-for-dollar 
up to $500,000, creating a 
$1 million pool. 
*The VCU Foundation matched VCUAA's $1 
million with a second million, bringing the total to $1.8 
million. That quirky .8 notes that alumni just couldn't 
wait to start helping students. From Fall semester 
1999, $200,000 went immediately to 13 bright and 
grateful students. 

*Deans of the Schools on the Academic Campus 
accepted the challenge to raise a matching $1.8 million to 
create a $3.6 million Alumni Merit Scholarship Endowment. 
Robertson's leading gift of $250,000 named the Richard 
T. Robertson Alumni House. Bestselling writer David 
Baldacci's '83BA/H&S gift named the front parlor to honor 
his very VCU family and their parents. His brother is 
designer Rudi Baldacci '76BFA, his sister Sharon Baldacci 
'79BS/MC is also a writer. 

Many other current and former Alumni Association 
board members joined in building the initial $500,000 
challenge fund with naming gifts including David Norris 
'63BS/B, John Slaughter '68BA/H&S, Joan Rexinger 
'86BGS/H&S, Beth '91MS/E and Charles Ayers'89BS/B, 
Richard Leatherman '79BGS/H&S '82Med '87PhD/E, 
Stephanie Holt '74BS/B, Marika Byrd '92BGS/H&S, 
Southall Stone '71BS/B, and Andy '84BS/B and Susan 
Hulcher '82BA/H&S. Several Association presidents pooled 
their gifts to name the Presidents' Garden. 

These gifts sprung from the Alumni House challenged 
other alumni and friends to create endowed 
scholarships. More than 70 alumni, 25 
faculty, staff or departments, and 18 friends 
took that challenge. Some alumni used 
smaller, long-term gifts to do much more 
than they expected. Twelve VCU employees 
took a rare chance to do a lot with a little and 
set up scholarships using payroll deductions 
over several years. 

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there were 7 endowed merit scholarships on 
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A glowing Marika Byrd wants 
her VCU experience to illumine 
current students. 



Gifts from five VCUAA presidents named the Presidents' Garden, a walled 
patio behind the house. Current president Hugh Keogh stands with Peggy 
Adams 'SyBGS/H&S, Marsha Shuler, Ken Magill and Nick Orsi III. 

114 more — a third of the scholarships 
established in the University's whole 
history. The amount raised for the 
endowment is $1,849,390, more than 
100 percent of the goal. This is the 
biggest alumni initiative ever, to help 
current students and to build your uni- 
versity. You said, "Yes, VCU," and the 
University thanks you for your enthusi- 
asm and willing spirit. 

Donors and scholars talked about 
why this is so important to them: 

Marika Byrd: "It is essential for me 
to give back to the educational commu- 
nity in recognition of all the advantages 
I have enjoyed over the years." 

Joe Holicky III '76BS '78MS/B 
'77BS/H&S and his wife Irene Burlock, 
with a happy Joel Harrison, the Carl Linwood Burlock 
Scholar in Electrical Engineering: "VCU has played a major 
role for both of us in our 
adult lives and in the lives 
of many of our family 
members and friends. 
We're happy to be able to 
give something back, to 
help the new School of 
Engineering establish 
itself as one of the nation's 
premier engineering 
schools and to create a 
lasting tribute to Irene's 
late brother, Carl Linwood 
Burlock." 

Jay Pahade received 
the Jay and Sondra 
Weinberg Undergraduate Honors Scholarship: "Thanks to 
kindhearted, generous people like the Weinbergs, students 
like me can worry less about money 
and focus more on what is actually 
important here at VCU — receiving a 
well rounded education, participat- 
ing in community service, and 
having fun! Without your help many 
of the future doctors of the world 
would lack bedside manner, many 
future teachers would not be as 
knowledgeable, and many future 
artists would not be as eclectic." 




Joe Holicky III and his wife Irene Burlock are 
pleased as punch to help a student like Joel 
Harrison and honor her late brother, Carl Burlock, 
with an engineering scholarship. 




Jay Pahade, a pre-med student who holds the 
Jay and Sondra Weinberg Honors Scholar- 
ship, said thanks for his fellow students: "we 
can worry less about money and focus more 
on what is important here at VCU." 





Designers Gary and Leslie Inman 
show off their radiant first floor 
interiors to architecture critic 
Ed Slipek Jr. '74BFA 

Taking the long view of the front 
parlor. 




Shuler credits 
Gary Inman's 
design for the 
liouse's appeal. 
"His interior 
design really 
reflects the period 
(if the house, but 
it has a very 
warm feeling 
when you go in, 
so it is a very wel- 
coming place. He did things that 
blend old and new, and largely 
because of his work, the house has 
met and exceeded our expectations." 

Inman's design won an award 
from Richmond Magazine for best 
institutional interior, in a 2000 com- 
petition judged by design profession- 
als in Washington, DC. (Inman also 
won the magazine's award for the 
best residential interior.) Now that 
he's had an opportunity to step back 
and evaluate the project, he says it 
holds up well. "The thing that 
impresses me most is the visual 
impact when you walk in. 1 can 
more fully appreciate it now that I'm 
not saturated with details. It's 
rewarding to see that it has a timeless 
feel. We alumni finally have a home, 
and I'm proud to have played a role 
in that." 

Step onto Lara KopUn's floor 
cloth as you enter the front hall, and 
take in one of six restored fireplaces 
at the foot of an elegant staircase. 
Older alumni will smile to see Henry 
Hibbs, RPI's founder, prime mover 
and life force, and the Rev. J.J. 
Scherer, who chaired its Board of 
Directors from the beginning in 
1917 till 1956, looking down at 
them. Look for your era in silver- 
framed "family photos" of students 
from the Cabell Library Archives. 
Inman's design incorporates a 
series of gathering rooms on the first 
floor. Visitors notice a layering of 
pattern and color which grows in 
intensity as each space opens into 
the next. 

In the Baldacci Parlor, brown pat- 
terned wallpaper closely resembles 
the coverings original to the house. 



A wool needlepoint rug, a baby 
grand piano and elaborate window 
treatments give the space the feel of 
a luxuriously livable parlor. Seating 
areas encourage conversation, a 
writing desk offers visitors space to 
compose a letter, and the piano in 
the sunny bay window draws music 
graduates and music lovers to play or 
sing. A tiled fireplace is surrounded 
by etchings and engravings, on loan 
from the Anderson Gallery. Tlie 
Simple Tnith by bestselling alumni 
writer David Baldacci '83BA/H&S 
lies on a coffee table. 

The middle parlor is glazed in 
saffron, and features a life-sized 
portrait of Colonel A.A. Anderson, a 
University benefactor. The room's 
red fainting couch is a focal point, 
and a round table and chairs make 
an intimate spot for an alumni tea or 
luncheon. English antiques, striped 
silk window coverings and assem- 
blages of art and objects give the 
space the spirit of a home that is 
both stimulating and refined. 

Entering the third parlor, visitors 
are wowed by its vibrant red walls 
and newly restored stained glass 
window. Its flexible arrangement of 
furnishings allows the space to be 
used for receptions or a meal, and 
its proximity to the new kitchen, 
elevators and service areas makes 
it a functional spot with glamorous 
character. 

A first-floor conference room 






Whew. The Alumni House Committee and others on the team bask in a job 
well done. Designer Gary Inman, Stephanie Holt, architect Steve Salomonsky, 
alumni director Bill lies; John Cook, VCU planner Carl Purdin (glasses), Andy 
Hulcher, Joan Rexinger, Nick Orsi III; Ken Magill and Marsha Shuler. 



The ins and outs of reconstruction. 

SHAFER COURT 14 CONNECTIONS 




Keeping watch in the front 
entry — founders' hall — 
above alumna Laura Koplin's 
floorcloth, are Reverend J.J. 
Scherer Jr., RPI's Chairman 
ofthe Board from 1917-65, 
and Tazewell M. Carrington, 
who chaired the fledgling 
school's Finance Committee 
1917-24. 



overlooks a patio at the back of the 
house. On upper floors, a conference 
room and offices are streamlined and 
convenient. University and alumni 
groups can reserve spaces for 
meetings, retreats and receptions, 
and the calendar fills rapidly. 

Just as the house is a place to 
reunite alumni, the process of 
preparing the space also brought 
together graduates from various dis- 
ciplines. Lara Koplin says that is a 
source of pride. "I think it's awesome 
to have the people who went there 
doing the work, and it looks great. 1 
practically grew up at VCU, my 
father still teaches art history next 
door at 922 West Franklin, and this 
is something so different for the 
campus. It's great that the University 
could raise the money for a project 
like that." 

Koplin worked with Inman to 
research authentic patterns similar to 
those of linoleum tiles, which origi- 
nated during the time the house was 
built. "It was a style 1 had never 
really worked in before," she says, 
"and it was one of the biggest floor 
cloths I'd ever done. If people don't 
notice right away that it's hand- 
painted, that's what we were going 
for. 1 think the colors work well and 
it's great for VCU." 

Hugh Keogh agrees. "All alumni 
will have a sense of pride in how the 
house presents itself. 1 think you 
have to visit the house to really 
appreciate it. The interior decor is 
genuinely stunning, very carefully 
selected. 1 believe the house holds 
promise to be a venue for a wide 
range of entertainment and educa- 
tion functions that will give alumni a 
true feeling of connection to VCU." 

DEVERON TIMBERLAKE EDITS THE 
HOMESTYLE SECTION OF RICHMOND'S 
STYLE WEEKL Y- 

PHOTOGRPAHY BY ANNE LAWVER '76 

BFA. PHOTOS OF INTERIORS BY 
CHAD HUNT 

Call (804) 828-2586 to reserve space in the 
Alumni House for a meeting or event. 



WEfiWORKS 

Our newest Shafer Court connection proves that location isn't 
everything — it's everywhere. Shooting forward into the cyber- 
world, the MCV and VCU Alumni Associations are building a 
new Internet community for alumni and friends, launched in 
October. lAC Corporation, the largest and oldest creator of 
university alumni Web sites and services, helped us design 
Web works with more alumni connections than ever. This is a 
cyber-crossroads where alumni can find each other, renew 
friendships and make new ones, trade updates and 
memories. 

There's more. 

At our Online Alumni Community, you can read the latest 
news and event schedules, purchase VCU and MCV merchan- 
dise, join the Alumni Associations, and even read excerpts 
from the alumni magazines! 

Alumni can delve further into the site and use new inter- 
active programs to communicate with classmates, advertise 
their businesses, and find new volunteer opportunities to help 
current students. These programs include: 

BUSINESS CARD EXCHANGE— This business networking 
tool allows you to post your own business information and 
find other alumni businesses online. 

ONLINE CLASS NOTES — Post personal and professional 
milestones online at this interactive area. Once posted, your 
Class Note will be updated online immediately and sorted by 
your first degree year. 

EVENT REGISTRATION ONLINE— Forgot to mail in your 
check and registration for an upcoming Alumni Event and the 
deadline is tomorrow? No problem. Just register online over 
a secure server with your credit card. 

MENTORING — New volunteer programs to allow you to 
share your experiences with today'students. 

All dues-paying members of the VCU Alumni Association 
have special online member benefits. 

ONLINE ALUMNI DIRECTORY— All alumni will be listed with 
their degrees, class years and email addresses. Alumni will 
have the option to include address and business information. 

CAREER CENTER— Members will be able to post their 
resumes, list positions they wish to advertise to other alumni, 
and search lists of positions posted by businesses looking 
for alumni. 

The new Alumni Association Online Community vastly 
expands the ways alumni can build personal and professional 
networks, stay in touch with each other and our University, 
and strengthen VCU. So, join your Online Alumni Community 
launched in October and explore the possibilities at 
http://www.VCU-MCVAIumni.org! 



WINTER 15 2001 




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Thorsen, then — And now, 
Maria and Jim Thorsen. The 
living room is different, but 
the smiles are the same. 



BY DOUGLAS B VANN 

"It was one of those apartments your 
parents come to and then gasp," laughs 
Maria Nankervis Thorsen '75BS/E. 
"They wanted to get me out of that 
awful place." 

The view is certainly different now. 
Located at 924 West Franklin Sheet, 
Maria's apartment was part of a 
Victorian brownstone, now the 
new home of the VCU Alumni 
Association. Decorated with gilded 
French chairs, oriental rugs, and 
stunning portraits of VCU'S founders, 
the building is no longer an awful 
place, but an awe-inspiring 
monument that links past with present. 
A part of that past remains forever in 
the memories of VCU alumni who lived 
there when they were students. Some of 
them remember a place terrorized by 
giant cockroaches, loud music, and... 
umm, unusual neighbors. For others, 924 
West Franklin was a home conveniently 
close to work and school. 

Alumna Martha Riis Moore '37BS/H&S 
moved into the building in 1940, as a new 
bride. Moore, who worked for Richmond Social Services, 
remembers that the University held all her classes right 
down the sheet, at 901 West Franklin. The house then 
was apartments, most 
of them furnished. 
The first floor 
belonged to Dr. 
Happen, who deco- 
rated the building 
with English and 
Italian furniture. "1 
cooked in the 
little room set up 
as a kitchen right 

And look at them now! Martha 

Riis Moore (center) began her - ^ s,; 

family life in 1940 with Jim Moore 

at 924 West Franklin Street. 

Leave's up for Jim and Martha Moore in wartime D.C., 
June, 1943. 





Tina Stephens, in agile days 
when she would climb in 
through the back basement 
window, with groceries. 




up in the third floor. Of course, we had our own 
bedroom, and the bathroom was right across the hall. 
"I loved living there!" exclaims Moore. "There were no 
elevators, but we were young then and didn't mind 
walking up and down the steps." 

Others dealt with housekeeping 
details in unconventional ways. 
Groceries, for example. Thorsen's 
roommate Tina Stephens '74BS/E 
remembers they'd shop for groceries 
and then park behind the house in 
the alley. "There was this little 
window there in the alleyway that 
we would climb through to get to the 
basement. And this pit in the basement 
that we called "The Black Hole." We 
would climb through that window 
and work our way around "The Black 
Hole" with our bags of groceries. 1 
can't believe we used to do that!" 

Alumni Becky Shaw '80BA/H&S, Mary Saunders 
'90MEd, Donna Sullivan '81BS/H&S, and Mike Jones 
'97BS/H8[S lived at 924 because it was so close to their 
jobs with the VCU Police Department. "There were two 
bedrooms in the apartment," explains Shaw, VCU 
Community Police Officer. "Mary was the dispatcher for 
the 'A' platoon, Dianne was the dispatcher for the 'B' 
platoon, and Donna was the dispatcher for the 'C 
platoon. They only ever needed two bedrooms because 
one of them was always working. It was perfect, an inex- 
pensive way through college." 

Deputy Chief Mike Jones, now Commander 
of the investigative unit of the 
Virginia Capital Police, comments, 
"Going to school and working 
nearby gave a unique perspective 
because I lived 
in the same 
community I 
patrolled. One 
time, a guy 
broke into 
the house, 
climbed 
through the 



SHAFER COURT 16 CONNECTIONS 




Becky Shaw, (above) one of 
three round-robin roommates 
who shared a two-bed apart- 
ment. Now, Officer Rebecca 
Shaw, of the VCU Police— stil 
patrolling her community. 



bedroom window, and actually 
stepped on me while I was in bed. 
He was arrested on the spot— by 
me!" (So. Is that a citizen's arrest, 
or community policing?) 

The threat of a break-in also 
loomed in the minds of 
alumna Rebecca Jones '86 
BFA/A '89BS/E and her 
roommate. "For our own 
safety," says Jones, "we 
thought about running a wire 
across our fire escape with a sign 
that said 'DANGER HIGH 
VOLTAGE.' That way, no one would 
be tempted to climb through the 
window." 

Almost all the former tenants 
recall the noisy bar behind 924 West 
Franklin. "We remember wonderful 
things like responding to the Grace 
Street bar fights on evening shift at 
Hababba's (now Twister)," says Officer 
Shaw. Bikers' motors roared at all 
hours of the night. Customers would 
gather behind the building, telling 
hilarious jokes and occasionally 
breaking into passionate arguments. 
Loud music blared through the open 
back door. 
"The bar was famous for its 'alarm clocks,'" begins 
Mary Saunders. Shaw takes up the story. "We got off duty 
by midnight and by 2:00 a.m. the bar closed. At 2:30, we 
could hear the CRASH of beer bottles being thrown into 
the dumpster." Mary can still hear the second crash of 
the night, the "noisy garbage trucks that would come 
pick up all the beer bottles at 5:30 in the morning, 
waking up everyone in the building." 

Besides the noise, some alumni contended with 
strange neighbors. A man affectionately nicknamed "Bat 
Boy" created an entertaining spectacle for Becky Shaw 
and her roommate. "He would go nuts periodically and 
make toothpicks out of every stick of his furniture," says 
Shaw. "We would call the VCU Police when we heard 
the wood splinter and glass break as he threw chairs and 
things through his windows. His mother was also nuts. 
She would come into the lobby once a week and throw a 
basket of laundry down and scream 
'Peter! Here's your laundry. You're so 
ungrateful!'" 

Says Rebecca Jones, "There was also 
this guy who lived on the second floor. 
He had a skull and crossbones on his 
door, with the phrase, 'Lasciate ogni 
speranza, voi ch'entrate." (Dante's 
lines over the gates of hell in Tlie 
Infenio: "Abandon hope, all you who 
enter here.") An interesting charac- 
ter," she muses. 



Donna Dambrauskas Mazur '81 BS/H&S, yet 

another roommate. 





Hell for some, but for others, it wasn't hot enough. 
"The heat didn't work and the water was frozen in the 
winter," says Cyndi Gadberry '74BSW '76MSW. She 
remembers "a late fall day when we smelled smoke from 
downstairs. My roommate Tina Stephens felt the wall, 
and it was warm." Stephens called the fire department. 
Not an emergency, she said; just send someone to 
come and check this out. No need to 
sendalot of ... "As she 
explained the situation to the 
dispatcher, we began to hear 
sirens, getting louder and 
louder. We headed out the 
front door and looked out. 
There were police cars, fire 
trucks, and ambulances blockad 
ing the street. It was horrifying 
and hilarious at the same time. 

"Well, the firemen all ran up 
the stairway and inside the apartment. 
One fireman placed his hand on the 
wall and agreed that it felt warm. They 
decided to go downstairs. Well, it's 
such a narrow staircase that all the 
firemen were jammed in there and 
couldn't turn around. They had to 
back down the stairs!" The firemen 
got to the downstairs apartment and 
knocked. When there was no answer, 
"they chopped the door open and ran 
in. Tina and 1 started hearing loud 
shrieks. A girl was there in bed with 
her boyfriend, and they had a little 
(forbidden) fire going in the fireplace." 

Fire wasn't always the catastrophe. Flood, too, came 
from various quarters, according to Sandra Quinn'73 
BSW. "We had Hurricane Agnes in the fall of 1972. There 
was so much rain that the treatment plants on the James 
River could not process the water. We had to stop using 
tap water. The National Guard trucks came by and we 
had to get gallons of drinking water. Another wet adven- 
ture 1 remember was when the upstairs neighbor left the 
water running in the bathtub, and my roommate Kathy's 
ceiling collapsed." 

Whether it was a disaster striking or a noisy party on 
the third floor, 924 was no stranger to the wild. Incidents 
of another sort involved the animals that lived there. 
Cockroaches big enough to pay rent, a few impertinent 
cats, and even a pet iguana once roamed in 
what is now the Alumni House. Stephens 
insists, "The roaches were so huge they 
couldn't fit through the heating grates." 

"One of my funniest memories was going 
home one day for lunch," Quinn told us. 
"Right outside the kitchen window was the 
porch roof. Inside, there was a countertop 
about halfway up the window. 1 had a cat that 
used to go in and out of the bay window onto 
the roof. We were sitting at lunch, and 1 laid a 
piece of chicken by the window. Next thing you 

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 39) 



Cyndi Gadberry is not smelling 
smoke — yet. 

Puppy love (that's Abby) and 
grate memories. "They kept 
our fireplace," comments Mary 
Saunders fondly. "I'm glad it's 
a permanent part of VCU." 



WINTER 17 2001 




\ 



FOUNDERS DAY, November 3, 2000 

Founders Day is an opportunity to pause from the bustle 
of our lives, and look up. Tracing some of the stars in our 
VCU firmament, we consider the past and are moved to 
imagine and hope for the infinite future. In large and 
small ways, these eleven people have improved the 
quality of the world, and that is worth celebrating. We 
come back to earth refreshed for our own daily round. 



SCHOOL OF TTIE ARTS 

Victor Goines '90MM 

Master of jazz saxophone, he began playing clarinet at 
eight years old. He studied at VCU with jazz legend Ellis 
Marsalis, He has performed or recorded with Lionel 
Hampton, James Moody, and Linda Ronstadt among 
others, toured with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, played 
on movie and television scores, and released four 
albums as a bandleader. He tours worldwide with his 
own quartet and as a member of the Lincoln Center 
Jazz Orchestra. The Julliard School chose him to be the 
first director of their 
newly established Jazz 

Studies Program. program is an 

opportunity for 



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J)hyskal therapy, a: 
f the same time I have a love 
imnity, community 
public affairs." 

SCHOOL OF ALUED HEALTH 
PROFESSIONS 

Elnora AUen '73BS '87MS 
Physical Therapy 

President of Physical Therapy Plus, a clinic for 
treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal 
movement disorders. She founded New Visions 
New Ventures to identify people in need, 
particulariy women coming out of prison, 
and give them business skills to succeed as 
entrepreneurs. She was appointed to the 
State Commission to Study Virginia's State 
and Local Tax Structure for the 21 st Centur/. 



SCHOOL OF PHARMACY 

Becky Snead '85BS 



At the leading edge in the banking industry's 
technological revolution, he led Crestar 
Bank's technology division for seventeen 
years. As the bank's Chief Information 
Officer, he received the "Industry Impact 
Award" from the Greater Richmond 
Technology Council and was appointed to 
the Virginia Information Providers Network 
Authority, Since Crestar's merger with 
SunTrust, he directs the Retail Line of 
Business in the Mid-Atlantic region, as well 
as the Departments of Small Business 
Banking and the Consumer Finance Group, 
At VCU he established the Ginter Family 
Scholarship and has served on the Alumni 
Association Board and others. 




From her days working at Al Bradley's Drug Store in Waverly. VA. to her years at the 
School of Pharmacy, Snead's devotion to understanding and serving people has made 
her a leader. In 1998, American Druggist Magazine named her one of the 50 
"Most Influential People in Pharmacy " As executive director of the Virginia 
Pharmacists Association, she listens to pharmacists and patients around the 
state, and educates lawmakers to translate their needs into policy. She is also 
president-elect of the MCV Alumni Association, 

SHAFER COURT 18 CONNECTIONS 



SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 

Jane Belk Moncure '52BS Early Cluldhood Education 

In 1 955. her first book. Pinny's Day at Play School, made the New York Times' \\s{ of the top 1 00 
books for young children. Since then she has published over 300 books, especially several series 
for beginning readers: Word Bird. My First Steps to Reading, Magic Castle Readers, and My 
Sound Box books. She writes and consults with schools, presents workshops and tells stories 
to encourage children to read and write. At VCU. Jane helped establish the Early Childhood 
Curriculum Lab in the School of Education and Early Childhood Practicum. She was the first 
president of Virginia's Early Childhood Association. 

SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY 

William Viglione '72DDS Dental Surgery 

A leader in all three of the School of Dentistry's capital campaigns over the 
past 25 years, he has done whatever was needed — recruiting volunteers, 
serving on myriad committees, making fundraising and friendraising visits to 
fellow alumni. Community service includes the Boards of the Ronald 
McDonald House, and the Child Partnership Project, Above all a profession- 
al dedicated to patient service and healing, he is a Fellow of the Virginia 
Dental Association, Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and listed 
in Who's Who among Executives and Professionals. 



COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES 

David Baldacci '83BA Political Science 

From small southwest Virginia towns to big city law offices and on 
to 1 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, this master stor/teller has guided 
us through fascinating adventures and characters. 

His six novels, including Absolute Power, The Simple Truth, 
Saving Faith and his latest. Wish You Well, have more than 20 
million copies in print worldwide. He supports VCU Libraries with 
gifts and readings, serves on boards and committees, and made a 

leadership commitment 
to the Alumni 
Association's new 
Alumni House Merit 
Scholarship campaign. 





SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK 

Carmen Nazario '73MSW 

As a child in Puerto Rico, she always 
knew she wanted to help people, espe- 
cially those often overlooked Nazario 
has been Delaware's Cabinet Secretary 
for Health and Social Services, the 
Director of the Child Care Bureau, 
a nongovernment organization: and 
Undersecretary of Social Services in 
Puerto Rico, Now she is Principal 
Deputy Assistant Secretary for 
Children and Families with the US 
Dept of Health and Human Services, 



SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 

C^tain Earl Fox '53MD 

Of more than 1 6 million service men and women in World War II, 
Captain Earl Fox was the last to retire, in November, 1 999, He 
dedicated 30 years of his life to sen/ing his country in the Navy 
and Coast Guard. Captain Fox's remarkable record includes service 
in the Pacific Theater during World War II, winning Gold, Silver 
and Bronze Stars and the Navy Commendation Medal, From 1 974- 
90, he was a flight surgeon and participated in more than a dozen 
helicopter rescues. 



"At VCU I got the 
message: challaige 
yourself, stretch 
yourself, and bring 
the values of your 
profession to every- 
thing you do." 




"Keep an open mind, 
pray and work hard, 
don't get bogged 
down in irrelevant 
infonnation. " 



SCHOOL OF NURSING 

Rita Pickler '98 Certificate Nurse Practitioner 



An "accidental activist" for primary community care, starting with a trip to Haiti in T995~She 
returns to Haiti several times a year, often with other health care professionals and students in 
tow, to organize schools, deliver health care, and improve and maintain medical records. On the 
faculty at the School of Nursing, she is a demanding mentor. Her research on feeding patterns in 
preterm infants and work in Richmond's Fan Free Clinic helps keep children healthy. 



BASIC HEALTH SCIENCES IN THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 

Greg Enas '82PhD Biostatistics 

Built one of the pharmaceutical industry's premier biostatistical units at 
Eli Lily and Company, publishing numerous papers. He has worked closely 
with physicians to design studies that yielded new drugs for cancer, 
depression and Parkinson's Disease, A Fellow of the Amencan Statistical 
Association, currently, he directs Lily's US Regulator/ Affairs Division. 
He has also served as pastor to a racially and economically diverse 
congregation, and helped found a private inner-city grade school. 



WINTER 19 2001 



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In Fall 2000 there were 

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majoring in information 

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"Location, location, location." It's the real estate mantra. A good 
location is the most important factor, for home or business. And 
now, when a business moves online, it can be virtually every- 
where. Omnipresence is quite an edge. Even so, this virtual 
world has some real parameters — and raises some disturbing 
questions. VCU faculty and alumni are navigating cyberspace 
ever more astutely, taking traditional clients with them and 
developing brand new ones. 

Check our new location and redesigned Web site at 
www. VCU-MCVAlunmi.org . More news than ever, easier to use! 



RISK E-BUSINESS 



Dr. Pamela Kiecker is professor of marketing and chairs tfie Department of 
Marketing and Business Law in the School of Business. Her research has 
been funded by the World Bank and the U.S. Departments of Commerce 
and Education. She consults with schools and businesses 
around the world. 

"Technically," she says, "e-commerce is conducting 
sales via the Internet. It is the buying and selling that 
many business have gotten into — including both 
existing retailers (the bricks and mortars) and the new 
dot.coms that have entered the retailing arena strictly 
through electronic channels. Too often people are reaUy 
trying to talk about something that is bigger than e- 
tailing and more accurately addressed as e-business. E- 
business includes e-commerce, retail to consumers; but it 
also includes many other aspects of doing business-to- 
business (B2B) that have been influenced 
and affected by technology — especially 
the Internet." 

While Kiecker sees overall favorable outcomes for the field of e-business, 
she predicts a "mix of success and failure. Not every retailer is suited for 
business on the web, particularly the traditionally 'high touch' businesses 
where human interactions are critical. In other cases, I suspect new retailers 
wUl find their way using the electronic option." She also points out, "There 
are so many advantages of technologically advanced business operations, 
especially in the B2B arena. But, again, I expect a mix of success and failure. 
Too many businesses are jumping on the technology/electronic bandwagon 
prematurely, resulting in short-sighted strategies. I believe that e-business is 
tricky business that requires long-term vision and patience. As others have 
said, it's an evolution, not a revolution." 




SHAFEK COURT 20 CONNECTIONS 



BY ROSE ELLIOT '95MFA/H&S AND MARY ELLEN MERCER 



VIRTUAL SPACE, REAL VALUE 



"You need only to look as far as the stock market or count the .com ads in 
the media to realize that e-commerce is already touching virtually every 
aspect of our economy," says Dan Massey '92 BS/B, vice president and 
senior eBusiness strategist for SunTrust Online's eBusiness Division. Joining 
traditional banking strengths and practices with the latest technology 
creates a completely new situation, he says. When established businesses go 
on-line, "The challenge is moving their strengths effective- 
ly to an on-line environment." 

He continues, "Traditional commercial banks are real- 
izing they have key ingredients to success on-line: solid 
financial strength, strong brand name recognition, excel- 
lent depth of knowledge about their customers, and a ful- 
fillment structure that provides quality service." Masse/s 
primary responsibility at SunTrust Online is developing 
and executing the eBusiness strategy for the mortgage Une. 

Companies going on-line face many issues, according 
to Massey. First, as in any new strategic move, they must 
"establish a sound e-commerce strategy that supports the 
core business strategy and financial plan." At the site, 
"simply providing information is not enough. The ability 
to drive tiaffic to your site and to transact business on-line 
are vital to on-line success." 

Delivering on promises of quality and service — or 
not — can make or break a web-based business. Massey 
points to Amazon.com as an effective on-line model. 
"They've established a great brand name which drives 
tiaffic to the site, you visit a personalized page with cus- 
tomized marketing messages, and you can complete a 
purchase ttansaction with a single click." Amazon realized 
early on that 




their business 
would succeed 
only if they 
provided timely 
delivery of their 
product — in real 
time, real space. 



[Or Not] 

That doesn't always happen. Adcenter 
graduate Meredith Davis '98MS/MC observes, 
"B2C (business-to-consumer) companies have 
encountered difficulties in recent months 
because e-tailers have had problems 'cracking 
the code' of delivery." So, more would-be 
dotcoms are looking at another piece of the 
cyberscape, toward economies of scale for 
one thing: wholesale. "B2B is probably more 
attractive right now for many entrepreneurs 
considering this space," says Davis. 



[Electronic Banking/The Poor] 

Dr. David Stoesz, in the School of Social Work, 
has been looking at ways of bringing the poor 
into the financial flow. Taking welfare checks 
electronic is one of a set of financial services, 
like credit unions and revolving microloan 
funds, already serving poor communities and 
individuals. All button states distribute welfare 
funds and food stamps electronically, with 
direct deposit into "accounts" that clients can 
access through ATM machines. Who pays the 
charges? The states can afford to pay transac- 
tion fees, Stoesz says, because the cost of 
sending a check is 43 cents, vs. 2 cents for an 
electronic transfer "Virginia," Stoesz 
comments, "wastes millions of dollars every 
year in an archaic delivery system." 

Commercial banks vie forthese 
contracts, like New Mexico's, won 
by First Security Bank in Utah. 
"Each account is only $250, but 
N.M. deposits $27 million a month, 
which the bank can use until it's 
withdrawn. 'The float' is a quarter 
of a billion dollars a year." 



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[Long View] 

Dr. Robley Wood, who teaches long-term 
business strategy, predicts that in the long-term, 
"the traditional large corporations with products 
and content will end up controlling the market," 
winning out over the high tech or ASPs. "Genera 
Motors has created a web-portal to buy parts 
from suppliers. Now that it's set up, they will 
maintain it in-house, and pass cost savings in 
time and administration to themselves" — not to 
a middle.com webmaster. 



Although online retail business is growing in the areas of shopping and 
banking, those consumers account for only a small portion of the total business 
transactions on the web. The real opportunity is in B2B, Kiecker agrees. "The 
consumers are more savvy, the purchases are bigger, the growth is explosive." 

Massey explains, "In the quest for near-term benefit, businesses have found 
they generate tremendous efficiencies and cost savings by bringing their 
business relationships online." B2B commerce can streamline processes, 
improve all-around service and ultimately generate savings for all involved. 
Another significant trend in B2B e-commerce is the Application Service 
Provider (ASP) — the core model of the new high-tech dot.coms. ASPs develop, 
maintain and host robust information systems and sell the use of these systems 
to businesses, usually on a per transaction basis. E-bay is a basic middle.com, 
linking traders and consumers through a huge database 
and user-friendly program. With ASPs, business or buyer 
"can access software through a simple Web browser, thus 
eliminating significant up-front investments in software 
development or hardware, as well as the ongoing drain of 
system maintenance." 

With his B.S. in business marketing reinforced by a 
"strong affiliation wdth computer science and some tech- 
nology courses," Massey graduated from VCU with a 
sturdy platform for launching his career. "Much of my 
project work as an upperclass student tied me into the 
Richmond business community," he says. "I will always 
remember a powerful combination of education and 
training not only from the outstanding faculty and staff of 
VCU and the School of Business, but the business partners 
of VCU in the community." 



THE'99-ERS 




"If you look at the Internet and e-commerce as a gold msh, then we are the 
guys selling the maps and shovels. We are entirely B2B." Greg Colizzi '99MBA 
is vice president for eAuto World, "the conference on how the internet is 
changing the auto industry." eAuto World is a division of eMarket World, 

whose primary business is to "produce conferences 
and trade shows in a variety of vertical (industry 
specific) markets including automotive, healthcare, 
finance, travel, media and entertainment." Both 
companies are based in Richmond. Greg manages 
the brand name of eAuto World, and overseeing mar- 
keting, sales and operations. e-Market Worid began 
as a company producing marketing events for 
clients, but since the company launched its own 
property, @d:tech, it has focused only on e-business. 

This is a young, fast-growing company, stmc- 
tured in teams of seven to ten people. Colizzi's work 
days tend to be 10-12 hours, sometimes more. With 
auto events in Detroit, San Diego and Chicago, he 
zips around the country meeting with clients and 
potential employees. "There is no such thing as a 
typical week," he says emphatically. 



SHAFER COURT 22 CONNECTIONS 



e-Jection 2000 



If you went online this election season to find a voter 
registration form, to check a candidate's voting record, to 
write to your Congressperson, or to follow post-election 
twists and turns, chances are you used software designed 
by VCU alumni. 

Robert Hansan '86BA/H&S first met Sherry Stanley 
'87BS/MC in Gladding Residence Center at VCU. A solid 
friendship became a solid business partnership as well, 
lasting more than 13 years. A political science major, 
Hansan developed a passion for politics and democracy. 
At graduation, he and his father and four brothers 
formed the firm that's now Capitol Advantage, a 
company to help individuals and groups connect with 
Congress. Stanley, now senior vice president and director 
of sales and marketing, joined him in 1988. 

In 1994 they recruited fellow alumnus Mark West 
'84BS/MC, who was manager of Online Operations at C- 
SPAN, to head the Internet division, which caught fire as 
a tool for democratic change. Capitol Advantage is now 
the global leader in web-based tools for cyber advocacy. 
The staff of more than 100 includes several more VCU 
alurrmi. 

"Our primary objective from the start has been to put 
democracy back into the hands of more people," says 
Hansan, president of Capitol Advantage. 

The company's package of online political tools and 
services is CapitolWiz^". More than 600 custom versions 
of the software are currently in use, at corporation, asso- 
ciation, portal and media Web sites. Eighty percent of the 
elite "Power 25" lobbyists cited by Fortune magazine use 
it. Ordinary citizens can access the public version of the 
software at wvov.congress.org or begin voter registration 
at www.BeAVoter.org. 

From January through October 2000, the 
CapitolWiz™ system delivered more than four million 
messages to Congress and other elected officials, playing 
an instrumental role in passing legislation for clients. 
Those clients include CNN, USA Today and America 
Online; Shell Oil, the American Medical Association, and 




ROBERT HANSAN 




SHERRY STANLEY 



MADD (Mothers Against Dmnk 
Driving). The new AP Election Center 
provides complete online election 
coverage and real-time race results to 
members of The Associated Press. 

West comments, "As a student at 
VCU, I was stmck by an H.L. Mencken 
quote I read that 'freedom of the 
press belongs to those who own 
one.' The Internet and our 
business turn that truism on its head. 
Together they give millions of individu- 
als a loud voice in our political system." 

Capitol Advantage won its second 
"Pollie" in March, 2000 from the 
American Association of Political 
Consultants, for Computer 
Technological Product of the 
Year. 

One of the suite's award-winning 
tools is Election WizTM, a one-stop shop 
for state and federal election news and 
information. "With our own research 
department, we take pride in our exten- 
sive databases, as well as our dedication 
to making that information easily acces- 
sible in print and online," says Sta nley. 
Web site visitors can access 
thousand of pages of content 
about Election 2000 candidates, updates on primaries 
and general election races. The package's complete 
online Media Guide lists journalists, TV reporters and 
radio talk show hosts all over the country. 

Not only corporations, but organizations and 
ordinary voters are using Capitol Advantage's tools and 
services to become informed and politically engaged. 
Hansan is in the thick of it, just where he'd want to be. 
"The Internet is truly changing the political landscape 
and our evolving position in this revolution is a very 




MARK WEST 



He explains eMarket World's growth plan. "We are in eight 
vertical industry spaces right now with the goal of being in 20 
by the middle of next year. All of these events explore how the 
Internet is impacting a particular industry. We are also develop- 
ing an online component that will bring the real-world trade 
shows online with discussion forums, virtual booths. We have 
grown from 15 employees one year ago to 160 employees 
now, hoping to be at 300 by year's end." 

E-commerce and e-business are replacing traditional ways of 
conducting business at such a pace that Colizzi thinks it won't 
be long before "the internet will transform just about every 
business model and every life in some way, to the point that it 
just simply becomes the way things are done. These terms will 
just become 'commerce' and 'business.'" 



[Training/Fast-Track] 

At VCU, Greg recalls, he became a student in 
the Fast Track MBA program the same week 
he began his job with this company — "a real 
change of pace!" from his previous life. In the 
MBA program he received a "broad knowl- 
edge base of business," and, he recalls, 
"the other students in the class provided a 
great deal of what I learned and what I'm 
using today." 



WINTER 23 2001 








YOU'VE GOT LOAN 



Visit www.vcu.edtt/enroll. 

then click on Student 

Services Centers to find 

answers to your questions 

about records and 

registration, student 

accounting and financial 

aidatVCU. 



Jonathan Kroehler '88C/B is senior vice president of E-Business Strategy at 
USA Group, a student loan administrator based in Indianapolis, Indiana. 
USA Group was recently acquired by Sallie Mae, the nation's largest source 
of funding and servicing support for higher education loans. 

For the past few years, Kroehler has focused on the institutional side of 
the company's electronic commerce initiatives, building a B2B2C (business- 
to-business-to-consumer) software suite called NetWizard, which serves 
schools and their students. NetWizard is a key component of the company's 
Web site, www.usagroup.com, which was recently named as one of the 50 
best Internet sites by CIO (Chief Information Officer) magazine. 

"My coursework at VCU gave me the knowledge and confidence to get 
into technology more directly," Kroehler says. "As soon as I had my certifi- 
cate, my work-life shifted dramatically 
to a technology focus." Now he's using 
the Internet to improve the delivery of 
financial aid services to colleges and 
their students. For Kroehler, it's more 
than just an interesting job. "People 
who work in aU levels of financial aid 
enable learning. It is important valuable 
work." 

Kroehler says the student financial 
aid arena "has nearly completed what e- 
commerce consultants call "wave one" 
of Internet transformation." Student aid 
offices, lenders, guarantors, loan ser- 
vicers and administrators have "plugged 
their existing business model into the 
Web." Many schools already make their 
online loan applications available to 
students in easily accessible formats. 
More and more colleges and imiversities 
are modifying their systems so that 
speedy application and even "instant 
guarantee" will be possible. 

Adapting business processes to an 
online enviromnent poses some challenges. There is a big difference, 
Kroehler explains "between a new computer system designed from the 
ground up for self-service by customers and an old system that was designed 
around internal corporate operations and which has recently been Web- 
enabled." Right now, he says, most institutions of higher learning are 
putting their existing financial aid processes online. A second wave of 
change is evolving, he believes, which will affect "the traditional mix of 
business partners" in the financial industry. E-commerce tends to help 
"businesses find a direct channel to the consumer and eliminates the mid- 
dleman." The key, Kroehler believes, is to use "the combination of people- 
power and computer-power to deliver the best possible service for students 
in pursuit of education." 



[Kroehler, "Beyond Surfing: How 
the Web May Change Student 
Financial Aid," Journal of Student 
Financial Aid, (Fall 1999)] 

"The chief impetus for moving to more Web- 
based technology may come from students," 
he wrote. "Student loan processing has 
already moved to a much more connected and 
instantaneous environment. Many of the trans- 
actions that once required paper processing 
can now be done online in seconds instead of 
weeks. . .if college students can complete 
online entrance counseling and a loan applica- 
tion from their dorm rooms and put the promis- 
sory note in the mail the next day; it saves me 
from mailing anything to the student, cutting 
mail time in half." 



SHAFER COURT 24 CONNECTIONS 



DEFINITELYmMIBRAND X 



Meredith Davis '98MS/MC is a brand manager 
at Emergence Brand Labs. Ah, yes. Tony the 
Tiger. "You deserve a break today." "Brought to 
you by Mobil." "Just do it." So Davis must think 
up ways of embedding a brand name in the 
collective consumer brain. A familiar concept, 
but today's brand management goes way 
beyond that. 

She explains, "Ad agencies traditionally try 
to create around a product, service or business a 
'personality' that evokes a strong emotional 
response from consumers when they hear a 
name or see a logo. At Emergence, we believe 
that such efforts are sometimes effec- 
tive but are generally premature. 
'Branding' to us means helping a 
company discover its 'value proposition' — the 
unique value its customers identify and rely on — from which advertising 
campaigns can be built. Ad campaigns that are conducted without a 
thorough understanding of the value proposition almost always fail. 
"That's why our work involves 




unim/,vcu,ecofn,edu 

Education is the original information 
business, and Plato's grove has already 
relocated — or multi-located in electronic 
space. VCU takes B2C when distance 
learning meets students in western 
Virginia or Montana through tv and 
computer. VCU's distance telemedicine 
lab helps students and doctors in 
Ecuador, Egypt or Kosovo diagnose 
patients and understand more about 
treatment. That shorter, yet sometimes 
untravelled distance from dorm to 
classroom is bridged by technology like 
Web Course in a Box, software adaptable 
to a variety of disciplines. 

In B2B connections, faculty uses 
online journals and libraries, as well as 
email between scholars and electronic 
data transfers, to conduct research. 
Like businesses, universities are 
"branding" their product's unique 
value and marketing it online. 



rigorous research and analysis of 
our clients' business models and 
operations. We interview CEOs, 
management, workers who make 
the product or deliver the service, 
and we talk to customers. The 
company then has a much sharper 
idea of precisely what value it 
delivers to its customers. We do 
business development consulttng 
rather than marketing per se. 
Marketing firms may then use the 
conclusions we have drawn to 
design their campaigns, and we 
may help direct them in their 
efforts." 

Working with brand develop- 
ment improves business and profits 
for companies because, as Meredith 
says, "Which would you rather 
own — the formula for Coca-Cola or 
the name and what it represents? The intangible qualities 
of a brand that has been burned into the public con- 
sciousness are of far greater value than the tangible assets 
of the company. That's the power of a brand." 

"1 handle aU aspects of our relationships with clients, 
making sure they understand the implications of our ana- 
lytical work and that they stay focused, operationally, on 
the 'brand' we have helped them discover," 
she says. 



[VCU Adcenter/strategic] 

As a student at the Adcenter, Davis gained 
essential skills from the strong process of 
"collaboration — ^the sharing and debate of 
ideas, strategies and tactical approaches." The 
Adcenter offers students two tracks, in strate- 
gic/marketing and creative. From the begin- 
ning, students from both tracks work in teams 
to produce campaigns. "These approaches 
have been essential in my work day-to-day. 
Having a background in the production of 
tactics like advertising, PR campaigns or Web 
sites, lets me help clients better partner with 
companies about the most appropriate way of 
communicating their overall brand." 



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DR. MICHAEL SESNOWITZ 



Business IS Information 

Students are increasingly 
majoring in information 
systems. This year at VCU 
there are 304 undergradu- 
ate majors; 239 students 
going for post -baccalaure- 
ate certificates in IS, and 
more master's candidates 
in IS than ever before. As 
ever newer possibilities 
pop up over the business 
horizon, where does the School of 
Business need to take its students? 
Dr. Michael Sesnowitz became 
the new dean of business on July 1, 
and the School is taking a hard look 
at that horizon to see what kinds of 
education will prepare students, 
three jumps ahead. A newly 
formed faculty commission has "a 
lot of things in the concept stage. 

[more] 



WINTER 25 2001 



mmimi^nmmmmmmmmm 



We're brainstorming now." Or, surfing 
the possibilities. 

Chiefly, Sesnowitz explains, 
e-commerce edu at VCU is two-fold. 
The IS department is already teaching the 
technology of e-commerce: the interface 
and memory, the hardware and software. 

A faculty committee is developing a 
new second track that "would be interdis- 
ciplinary, focusing on the business 
aspects of e-commerce — marketing, 
strategizing, economics, financing, start- 
ups, management — whatever business is 
concerned with," he explains. 

Technology is the tool; the interdisci- 
plinary track would teach students when 
and why to use it. 

[LINKS] 

The interdisciplinary aspect could extend 
to other Schools at VCU. "I've already 
had a conversation with Dean Toscan, of 
the School of the Arts. Engineering would 
be a strong possibi-lity." Again, he 
cautions, this is all in the thinking stages. 
"I really believe that we can strengthen 
all of our programs if we take advantage 
of all our strengths in other divisions." 

E2B 

Sesnonwitz comments that there is a lot 
of potential in business partnerships, 
beyond e-commerce, to help solve social 
problems. "In environmental issues, for 
example. The discipline of economics has 
a lotto say about solutions. The old-style 
university organized by discipline has 
often impeded the possibility of solu- 
tions. There are trade-offs," he admits, 
"but in combination, we will find better 
ways to deal with problems." 

Dr. Pam Kiecker, chair of marketing 
and business law, notes that the School 
of Business is already well down the elec- 
tronic highway. "We are re-training 
faculty in technology to equip them to 
prepare our students. We are providing 
technology-infused facilities and 
resources," from Power-Point to the 
international virtual classroom. 

VCU faculty and students have 
"shared" their virtual classroom on the 
fourth floor of the Business Building with 
students in Oregon, Montana, both 
Irelands and France. Students and 
teachers can lecture, watch and converse 
through TV monitors; a computer link lets 
them view any Web site or pull up any 

fmorel 



[CLICK HERE] 




KRISTIN ERWIN 



^m///// 



In our marvelous new world of dicks and links, sites and mail, access and 
search, obviously, some very aeative people with a lot of savvy for 
language, visual esthetics and mathematics must be zipping around like the 
Jetsons behind the scenes to fashion the events on our computer screens. 
Who aeates the cyberlandscape? 

Adcenter grad Kristin Envin '98 
MS/MC writes on-line and interactive 
copy at Martin Interactive, the on-line 
marketing services division of 
Richmond's Martin Agency, "national- 
ly recognized among the top three 
most honored creative agencies in the 
United States," and one of the 
Adcenter's strongest business links. 

Writing on-line or interactive copy, 
Kristin tells us, "isn't that much differ- 
ent from doing traditional advertising. 
The copywriter and art director get 
together and concept the project. 
Once they've come up with the 
big idea, they work together to 
determine the look and feel of the 
work. Sometimes it relies heavily on design. Sometimes it relies heavily 
on copy," she explains. Both affect the layout. 

The way the creators intend the user to interact with the site or with 
the banner determines how they write the copy. "For example, we might 
be giving instructions like 'click here' or providing spaces to register for a 
conference or instructing how to create an e-card or play a game," Still, the 
goal is the same. "The point is to create an engaging experience for the 
user," whether they're seeking information, buying products, or playing 
games. "We always strive to combine copy, design, and technology in 

a way that meets 
that goal." 

In any case, writing 
for an e-commerce site 
is about "brand 
building" [Not Brand 
X], Erwin contin- 
ues. "Whether I'm 
writing to tell someone 
how to move through 
the site, describe a 
product they might 
want to buy or give 
them information 
they're looking for, it's 
always important to 
remain true to the 
brand." Obviously, she 
points out, the copy for 
a popular drink is going 
to be different than that 
for a pharmaceutical 



[Site-Building] 

"Online copy is written like most other 
written communication, usually in a word 
processing program that is then pro- 
grammed for online use." Erwin describes 
the process. "I write in MS Word. I pass 
the copy deck on to an art director who 
lays out the copy in the Photoshop file 
he's created (i.e. the page layout with 
graphics) using the appropriate typeface, 
colors, et cetera. Then the art director 
passes all the layouts to a programmer 
who programs each page, generally in 
HTML or Flash." The same process is 
used to produce an entire Web site or just 
a banner ad, she says. 



SHAFER COURT 26 CONNECTIONS 



company. Each brand has a distinct identity and the copy needs to assure 
that this identity is carried through to the Web site being built for it. 
"Having a presence online is really essential to the success of any brand 
these days." 

There's a built-in advantage for businesses that advertise and place their 
products on-line, Erwin points out. "When a user comes to a site, he's made 
a conscious choice to be there, so from the start, there's an advantage over 
television or print. But then you have to keep him there. The more you can 
get users to interact with what you've got online, the better. When users 
interact, rather than just read informarion on a screen, they're more likely 
to remember the experience and the brand. So it's really important to create 
a site with interactive elements. Similarly, with an e-commerce site, if it is 
set up so that it's easy to use, the user is more likely to complete the 
purchase and return in the future." 



software program that might be useful. 
A VCR hookup brings in videos; a camera 
can focus in on notes (the international 
overhead projector) or an object — often 
a product. Faculty and students use 
this and other technology in the 
classroom daily. 

As the faculty committee begins 
designing an e-commerce major, faculty 
members are incorporating technology- 
based lectures and assignments into tra- 
ditional subjects, across the board. 

Kiecker is also founder and executive 
director of the Department's Interactive 
Marketing Institute (IMI), whose Direct 



PRIVATE/PUBLIC? ACCESS/CONTROL? ANARCHY/OLIGARCHY? 



Business over the Net brings up a tangle of legal and philosophical implica- 
tions. There's the issue of privacy— sites that embed "cookies" in visitors' 
computers to track their preferences. "Unethical," says Dr. Robley Wood, a 
management professor who teaches long-term strategic planning. He adds 
that the site should warn customers about this. If they sign on anyhow, 
"there isn't a problem." He continues. "You give up some privacy in 
exchange for convenience. Banks and credit card companies already have 
tremendously detailed knowledge and records on us. If you want total 
privacy, use dollars." So far, he adds, the press does a pretty good job of 
monitoring unethical behavior. Besides, he points out, banks don't want to 
share their customer database. And "at this point, the technology isn't very 
good for data-mining of purchases." 

At first it seemed the Net was the great equalizer, a world-class opportu- 
nity for anyone. But recent mega-mergers of media (content) with telecom 
and web service providers (delivery) — like Time Warner with aol — raise 
troubling questions of information control by just a few corporate giants. 
New cable technology puts television, telephone and Internet on the same 
cable. Should this be regulated? Can it be regulated? 

Henrico County outside of Richmond is insisting that the MediaOne, 
the cable company already installed there, must lease lines to its competi- 
tors; the company is fighting the County in court. Wood's answer is quick 
and simple: "We are simply at the point before wireless takes over. Once 
that happens, there won't be a problem with access." 

Dr. Melvln Urofsky, a lawyer and historian at VCU's Center for Public 
Policy, has a similar take on the question of corporate control of informa- 
tion on the Net. "It's simply too chaotic," he says — leaning back in his 
office with portiaits of anti-monopolists Justice Louis Brandeis and 
President Teddy Roosevelt behind him. "It's very hard to make public policy 
for sometliing that is boundless, infinitely expanding, and changing so fast. 
There are millions of sites. And we just have no idea what it's going to look 
like. A mle made now may not even hold for five years." 

He admits that the mega-communications corporations are "going to 
contiol certain things. We deal with monopoly as a daily fact of life. True, 
even though the Net is infinite, your home screen isn't. There will 
be smaller, no-frills services, for people who don't want the com- 
mercials. But how that plays out, we have no idea." 

Urofsky thinks it's impossible for business or government to contiol the 
Net. "The Internet is the world's greatest public forum. If you have a 



Marketing Program offers professional 
certification. "Direct marketing includes 
e-commerce and employs some of the 
best e-business techniques," she says, 
"as well as addressing more traditional 
direct marketing media such as direct 
mail and telemarketing." 

Keicker's department has developed 
an Internet Marketing course. A new M.S. 
in Information Systems focuses on e- 
commerce. 

With Dr. George Kasper, former chair 
of information systems, Kiecker has seed 
funding from the Virginia Center for 
Innovative Technology (CIT) to develop a 
cyberbranding resource center serving 
Virginia businesses. Through the 
Cyberbranding Center, businesses can 
test potential web-based products with 
users, to build strong on-line brands. 




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relationships with alumni 

friends. Log onto 

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Or join the Alumni 

Association and find friends 

in the online directory. 



computer, you can put up a Web site. It's very hard to close the Net to 
someone's views, as governments in China and other places have discov- 
ered. The site can simply move outside territorial boundaries, like the child 
pornography site that moved to Barbados." From the other direction, for 
the person at the screen, "technically, you can reach any site with an 
address; it's like a telephone number. Aol can't screen out sites — there are 
too many of them. And a site can easily just change the name." 



THE TAO OF TECH 



Through the Internet, email, chat rooms, home pages, Web sites, we are 
doing more "communicating" than ever. But are we making more and 
more connections that are less personal, less human? Many teachers argue 
that one value of web courses is that reticent students, who would never 
speak up in a classroom, don't hesitate to key in their comments. 

One of Pam Kiecker's current research projects "has to do with interper- 
sonal communication. We know a lot about consumers' use of interperson- 
al sources in decision-making based on face-to-face human interactions and 
other 'traditional' communications." Everyone gets advice from friends and 
family to help them choose the right clothes, cars, homes, schools, physi- 
cians. "People are accustomed to asking others for referrals and recommen- 
dations; it helps reduce the perceived risk of making a bad decision. We 
even trust celebrity endorsers who tout products in commercial advertising. 
We have every reason to believe that Tiger Woods knows what golf clubs 
we should buy." 

And the public seems to take these relationships to another level, she 
notes. "What's happening in Internet space is fairly remarkable. People are 
building relationships with total strangers about whom they know very 
little except what they are told, with very little potenrial to confirm or 
validate informadon. We are giving these people — total strangers — the 
same power to influence our decision-making. In some cases, in the on-line 
communiries that are being built on many web sites, we will tell more to 
these stranger-friends and stranger-family than we will tell our neighbors, 
co-workers, and even spouses in our off-line worlds. 

"What makes people susceptible to this type of influence? What makes 
people seek it out? What are the potential hazards here? We have heard 
stories about businesses that plant employees in on-line community discus- 
sion and chat groups, to monitor and influence the flow and exchange of 
information. This is a particularly important issue when you think about so- 
called 'vulnerable' populations — like young people, workers, the elderly. 
Furthermore, what does all of this say about the evolurion of such impor- 
tant concepts as 'trust' and 'credibility?'" 



The shift of business into high tech is seismic in a number of ways. 
It raises myriad questions about the kind of world we are living in, even 
the quality of our personal relationships. And, as several people point out, 
the technology is constantly morphing into new shapes we can't even 
imagine yet. 

Still, in terms of e-commerce, VCU alumni are well prepared to survive 
cyberquakes and land on their feet — clients safely in hand. 

ROSE ELLIOTT IS A RICHMOND AREA POET AND FREELANCE WRITER WHO 
TEACHES WRITING IN VCU'S ENGLISH DEPARTMENT. MARY ELLEN MERCER IS 
THE EDITOR OF SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS. 



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turn 



ALUMNI 




1950s 

Leo Nowak Jr. '54BS/H&S retired 
from Industrial Development Agency in 
Niagara Falls, New York. 

'Barbara (Harding) Sant '57BFA is an 
artist and teacher living in Windsor, NC. 
She teaches drawing and painting at 
Chowan Arts Council in Edenton, NC; 
and she is affiliated with Greenleaf 
GaUery in Nags Head, NC and Indian 
Town Gallery in Burton, NC. Her grand- 
daughter, Laura Sant, is a freshman 
at VCU. 

1960s 

Edward Baggett Jr. '67BA/H&S 
'79MBA is in the dean's office of VCU's 
College of Humanities and Sciences. He 
lives in MechanicsvUle, VA. 

Elizabeth (Price) Gerber '68BME was 
elected Legal Assistant of the Year by the 
Houston Legal Assistants Association. She 
lives with her husband, Martin in 
Houston, TX. Her two children are Karen 
and Marilyn. 

*W. Roy Grizzard Jr. '68BS '72MEd 
works at the Virginia Department for the 
Visually Handicapped in Richmond. He 
lives in Ashland, VA. 

Marshall Murdaugh '63BFA is presi- 
dent of the Norfolk Convendon Visitors 
Bureau and Uves in Norfolk. 

Betsy (Boss) Singh '69BS '73MS 
'88PhD/H&S is dean of research at 
Southern California University of Health 
Sciences. She was working in the 
University of Maryland School of 
Medicine CAM Program and directed an 
ORU at UM. She is an editor of 
Alternative Therapies in Health and 
Medicine, a member of the Homeopathic 
Pharmacopoeia Committee of the U.S., 
associated with the CCCR (the NIH- 
funded Chiropractic research consor- 
tium), an advisor for an NIH contract at 
RAND and a member of the CAM and 
Geriatrics programs at the University of 
CaUfomia, Irvine. She has published 
several protocols for spinal manipulation, 
acupuncture, homeopathy. Ayurvedic 
therapies, e-stem and mind-body inter- 
ventions. 

*Paul Steucke '62BFA released several 
new fine art prints published by Master- 
piece Publishing of Kalamazoo, MI. He 
lives in Olympia, WA. 



Barbara (Sasse) WUliams '68BFA is 

an organizer and worker in the 
Montgomery County Christmas Store in 
Christiansburg, VA. The store is a service 
organization for the needy. She lives in 
Blacksburg, VA. 

1970s 

Richard Bower '73BS/B is senior vice 
president of residential sales at Joyner & 
Company, Realtors in Richmond, where 
he lives. 

Carolyn (Doyle) Brown '79BS/B 
'87MTax works at United Dominion 
Realty Trust, Inc. as assistant vice presi- 
dent and director of tax in Richmond. 

Thomas Christmann '79BS/MC is 
marketing director at Speedway Motors in 
Lincoln, NE. He has 20 years of automo- 
tive aftermarket experience and was vice 
president and director of communications 
for Mid America Designs, a supplier of 
Corvette, Porsche and Volkswagon parts 
and accessories. 

*James Cobb '76BA/H&S is general 
manager of S.P. Richards Co. in 
Richmond. He is married to Kenney 
Cobb '91MS(RC)/AH. 

*Karen Crawford '79BS/B is manager 
of accounting and finance at Model Die & 
Mold Inc. in Grand Rapids, MI. 

Jennie Creel '77BS '82MS/E teaches 
at Liberty Middle School in Ashland, VA. 
She is the first teacher in the Richmond 
Metiopolitan Area to be certified by the 
National Professional Standards Board. 
Jennie lives in Ruther Glen, VA. 

Gale (Keating) Gushing '75BS/E 
78MEd is the director of elementary edu- 
cation for Chesterfield County Public 
Schools in VA. She Uves in Richmond. 

Sherran Deems '72BFA '93MFA is an 
artist. Two of her pastels, "Intertwined 
Tree Trunks" and "Tree Limb Chained 
By Vines" were chosen for the U.S. 
Department of State's Art in Embassies 
Program, which provides original U.S. 
artworks for U.S. embassies. She lives 
in Richmond. 

*Arthur Foley '70BS/B was elected 
president of the Southern Association of 
College and University Business Officers 
at the 72nd annual meeting in Louisville, 
KY. He is vice chancellor for financial 
affairs at the University of North Carolina 
at AsheviUe, where he lives. 

*Daniel Gill '72BS/B is vice president 
and chief operations officer of Dayvon 
Services Inc., a family-owned corporation. 
He held several positions in contiacting 
and procurement management and 
policy with the Department of Defense, 
retiring in 1996 as the highest ranked 
Black nonpolitical federal senior executive 
in the DoD. He was also vice president for 



institutional advancement at Bowie State 
University and founder and director of 
the Institute for Development and 
Entrepreneurship Advancement (IDEA). 

Donald Goff '77BS/H&S works for 
the Connecticut Zoological Society as 
general curator of the Beardsley 
Zoological Gardens. He eamed his MS in 
management from Albertus Magnus 
College in New Haven, CT. Donald lives 
in Milford, CT. 

*Harold Hale Jr. '76BS/B is vice presi- 
dent-director of operations at First 
Marketing Company in Pompano Beach, 
FL. He lives in Parkland, FL. 

Diane Hayes '75BS/E is the owner 
and chief designer of Apple Pie Graphics, 
a design firm. Her paintings, made from 
photographs, focus on the Southem 
African-American lifestyle. Two years ago 
she financed her first published works 
selling on a local scale, and recentiy Wal- 
mart agreed to sell her prints on a trial 
basis. 

William King '77MBA is a defense 
consultant at Lesco, Inc. in Alexandria, 
VA. He lives in Fredricksburg, VA. 

Henry Lowenstein '75BS/B is dean of 
the School of Business and Public 
Administiation at CaUfomia State 
University in Bakersfield, CA. He had 
chaired the Division of Business and 
Economics at West Virginia University in 
Parkersburg, WV sUice 1994, and held 
several other positions in schools and 
businesses. He taught management at 
VCU from 1977-1978. Henry is mamed to 
Randy Caine and has two children, Jennie 
and Sarah. 

Donald Lucas '76BS '81MBA is 
human resources decision support profes- 
sional at Philip Morris, USA in Alpharetta, 
GA. He Uves in Canton, GA. 

Joan MitcheU '78BA/H&S is an infor- 
mation technology systems analyst at the 
University of Virginia's Darden Business 
School in CharlottesviUe, where she Uves. 

Elizabeth (Hammond) O'Brien 
'78BFA works at Qualex, Inc. as manager 
of product development in Durham, NC 
where she Uves. 

'Bernard Oleniacz '76BS/B is chief 
operating officer at Ervin and Associates 
in Bethesda, MD. 

Lynda (Leary) Price '79MEd is 
emergency services coordinator for 
Chesterfield County, VA. She Uves in 
Moseley, VA. 

Thomas Reid '76BS/H&S works at tiie 
Department of Veterans Affairs as volun- 
tary service speciaUst in Richmond where 
he lives. 

Raymond Rife '71MSW launched 
Evergreen Payment Solutions, Inc. in 
Jenkintown, PA. His organization 



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provides cash flow services to businesses 
and professionals in the area. Raymond is 
taking a leave from his private practice in 
psychotherapy and social work in Cherry 
Hill, NJ and Willow Grove, PA for this 
project. He lives in Abington, PA. 

Deborah (Lovegrove) Scott 72BS is a 
social worker at DePaul Family Services in 
Lynchburg, VA where she Uves. 

Harvey Siegel '75BS/MC is an 
attorney at Harvey T. Seigal & Associates 
in Atlanta, where he lives. 

Edwin Slipek Jr. '74BFA received an 
honorary membership in the Virgina 
Society of the American Institute of 
Architects for his writing and lectures on 
architecture, architectural history and 
building design. He writes for Richmond's 
Style Weekly. He teaches iiigh school and 
college students and senior citizens, con- 
ducting field trips in Richmond and DC, 
and last summer, to Italy. 

Robert Sprouse '77BFA is a freelance 
illustrator in Arlington, VA. He has a son, 
Hayden Lipczenko. 

Sher (Weston) Stec 74BFA did an art 
show at Redwoods in Chester, NJ and cur- 
rently displays watercolors and pho- 
tographs at the Myhelan Cultural Arts 
Center in Long Valley, NJ. She has a radio 
show on WNTI 91.9-FM in Hackettstown, 
NJ. Sher lives with her husband, Dano 
and their daughter, Trina in Long Valley, 

NJ. 

•Alice Talmadge '75BS/MC success- 
fully managed Virginia Power's project to 
have the non-nuclear power stations 
remediated and fully operational for the 
year 2000 rollover. She has a daughter, 
Virginia. Alice lives with her husband, 
*James Mahone '90MBA in Richmond. 

Linda (Hawkinson) VanGehuchten 
'73BFA is a partner at Woodtrades in 
Sarver, PA where she lives. 

Robert Walker 73BS '79MS/MC is a 
telecommunications consultant at St. 
Paul's College in Lawrenceville, VA. He 
was a member of the mass communica- 
tions faculty at VCU and an advisor to the 
president on telecommunications policy. 

Charles Williams '74BS/B '80MBA is 
vice president of Travelers Property and 
Casualty in Spokane, WA. 

Linda Wyche '76BS/MC is a media 
and print manager at Weiner's Stores, Inc. 
in Houston, where she Uves. 

Betty (Boyd) Zarris '70BS '77MSW is 
CPS program consultant for Virginia 
Department of Social Services in 
Richmond. She lives in Ashland, VA. 

1980s 

Brian Anderson '89BS/B is a network 
administrator at the Virginia Department 
of Health Professions in Richmond, where 
he lives. 

Stewart Andrews '86BFA lives in 
Arlington, VA with his wife, Elizabeth and 
daughter, Hanna. 

William Bestpitch '83BS '84MSW 
was elected to Roanoke City Council on 



May 2, 2000, until June 30, 2004. V^filliam 
Uves in Roanoke, VA. 

Stephen Bobko '87BS/HSfS is a lab 
manager at Old Dominion University in 
Norfolk, VA where he lives. 

Carl Brinkleyjr. '87BS/H&S 
'91MS/M is studying for a PhD in micro- 
biology/immunology at the University of 
Maryland. He is in the military doing 
civilian tiaining. His wife, Paris 
(Auerbach) Brinkley '87BS/H&S '91MD 
resigned her commission after eight years 
of active duty and four of reserve. She is a 
family practitioner at Johns Hopkins 
Medical Service Corp. They live with their 
two sons, two and seven years old, in 
Ellicott City, MD. 

Steven Brinlee '87BS/MC is senior 
copywriter at McCann-Erickson New 
York. His primary account is L'Oreal TV 
and Print. Steven was senior designer and 
copywriter at Barney's New York. 

*Rudy Burgess '80BS '86MBA is CEO 
at Texas Dermatology Associates in Dallas, 
a national leader in tieatment and 
research of psoriasis and skin disorders. 
He lives with his wife, Diane and two 
chUdren, Kayla and Taylor in Tyler, TX. 

Connie Christiansen '86BGS '93MEd 
is communications and organization 
development consultant at VDOT 
IMMP/VCU Workplace Initiatives in 
Richmond. She lives in Saint Stephens 
Church, VA. 

Susan (Jackson) Cooke '89MPA 
works at the College Relations office of 
Davidson CoUege. She was budget admin- 
istiator for the City of Charlotte, NC for 
nine years. Susan and her husband, 
Richard celebrated the birth of their third 
daughter, Erin in October, 1999. They live 
with Erin and their other two daughters, 
Alison and Lindsay in Davidson, NC. 

Warren Crady '80BA/H&S is a 
technical specialist at National Radio 
Astronomy Observatory in Charlottes- 
viUe, VA. He Uves in EarlysvOle, VA. 

William Gushing '85C/B works at 
Virginia Power as an Information 
Technology project manager in Glen 
Allen, VA. ' 

Karen Deal '83MM is music director 
and conductor of the Illinois Symphony 
Orchestra and llUnois Chamber Orchestra 
beginning July 1, 2000. Associate conduc- 
tor of the NashvUIe Symphony since 
1992, she was also music director and 
conductor of the Nashville Ballet and 
frequent guest conductor at the Nashville 
Opera Association. Her guest appearances 
include the New Mexico Symphony, 
Tulsa Philharmonic, Richrnond 
Symphony, and Vienna's Pro Arte 
Orchestia. Among numerous awards is 
a Mayor's Proclamation from Nashville 
recognizing her seven years as creator, 
conductor and coordinator of the annual 
musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther 
King Jr. 

Charles Dragum '92BS/E is a teacher 
in Hanover County, VA. His wife, 
Kimberiey (HeUems) Dragum '89BS/B 



'93C/B is a CPA for Huzek and Creech, 
PC in MechanicsvUIe, VA where they Uve. 
Their second child. Jack Harrison was 
bom on August 17, 1999. Their daughter, 
Taylor Ann was three on September 14, 
1999. 

Henry Duval '87BS/H&S '90MS/H&S 
earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 
in May, 1996. He married Cathy Duval in 
June, 1996. Their daughter, Geneva 
Ailene, was bom on August 2, 1999. 
Henry lives and practices in RuckersviUe, 
VA. 

*Elisa "Allister" Fazio '86BA/H&S 
married Aziz Ghaly on December 5, 1998. 
She eamed an MS in TESOL from Hunter 
College in June, 1999. EUsa is a professor 
at Union County College and has taught 
ESL for the past five years. They Uve in 
New York City. 

Elizabeth (Gravatt) Ferrer '83BS/MC 
is vice president of G and G Ace Hardware 
in Milford, VA where she Uves. 

Steven Fishman '80BFA '89MFA, a 
painter and print-maker, eamed one of 20 
feUowships from the Virginia Center for 
the Creative Arts, awarded for November, 
2000. Steven is also a member of the 
Sweet Briar College's Fellows-in-Residence 
Program. His home and studio is in 
Chapel HiU, NC. His work has been 
exhibited in England, Scotland and South 
America as a member of the Richmond- 
based printmaking consortium, "ONE- 
OFF." His work is in the collections of 
VCU, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 
WTieatfirst Securities, Owens and Minor, 
Inc. and others. 

Gloria Flowers '89BS/H&S eamed a 
Master of Divinity degree from Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Richmond in 
May, 2000. 

Helen "Holly" Foley-Green '86BS/E 
is a probation/parole officer at the 
Virginia Department of Conections. She 
lives in Chesapeake, VA. 

Lesley Goodin '87BS/E teaches at 
Paducah Independent School in Paducah, 
KY. She lives in Kevil, KY. 

Debra (Manning) Grant '80BFA 
owns Art Interiors. She Uves in Richmond. 

Maureen Gregory '89BFA is aeative 
services manager at cvent.com, the fastest 
growing company in the DC area. She 
recently served on the executive board of 
the Washington chapter of the American 
Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). 

Rhonda (Spraker) Griscti '89BS/H&S 
eamed an MBA in Finance from LaSalle 
University in Philadelphia, PA on January 
15, 2000. She is commodity manager at 
Merck & Co., Inc. in Whitehouse Station, 
NJ. Rhonda lives with her husband, Frank 
in Yardley, PA. 

*Marysue Hall '80BS/E is a HUD-cer- 
tified housing speciaUst and counselor for 
Housing Opportunities Made Equal. She 
Uves in a historic home in the West of the 
Boulevard neighborhood in Richmond 
with her beloved Doberman Pinscher. 



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Joseph Richter '74BS/B 

BY JEFF LANDON ' 8 6 B A / H & S ' 93 C / E 

Joseph Richter loves music, loud music: rich bass notes, drum- 
beats pounding, guitar riffs that tattoo your memon/ in one 
listen. And anything by Natalie Merchant. He loved music as he 
grew up in Richmond, and he loved music when he worked for 
Circuit City to pay his tuition at VCU. 

Richter loved music enough to lead him to the top post at 
Kenwood USA Corp, as CEO of the U.S. division of one of the 
most highly regarded names in the electronics industn/. 
Kenwood USA earned more than $500 million in sales last year, 
and its car stereo is the second most popular brand in America. 

Richter owes much of his success to lessons he learned 
early. His father died when he was eleven years old, and Joseph 
quickly learned the value of self-reliance and perseverance, 
lessons reinforced at VCU. 

After a tour of duty in Vietnam, Richter was working and 
taking classes on the Gl bill. "I was making some money," he 
remembers, "and many times I thought about dropping out, but 
my professors, to their credit, insisted on the value of a 
complete college education. I have always been grateful to 
them, and to the lessons I learned at VCU." 

After graduating, Richter represented several stereo compo- 
nent manufacturers. In 1981 William Kasuga, who helped found 
Kenwood in Japan in 1 961 , came to Richmond looking for an 
aggressive sales representative. He found one. Richter joined 
the company and moved up steadily until he was named 
Kenwood's first non-Japanese CEO in 1993. "He has a ven/ 
keen mind for our business," Kasuga told the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch. "He has the insight and the vision." 

This is not an easy job. The electronic industn/ is highly 
competitive and always changing. Kenwood has found its 
niche, however, with a combination of quality products and 
accessible personnel. Kenwood remains a leader by offering 
new products that are easier to use, classic in design, and 
consistently excellent. 

Richter stands by his product, filling his home and car with 
Kenwood components, even flying to Las Vegas to staff the 
Kenwood booth at the Consumer Electronics Show. An unusual 
move for a CEO. Still, Richter knows that the only way to 
succeed in his business is to keep making changes. And the key 
to understanding what people want is to ask them. 

"Two things that have always served me well are curiosity 
and honesty," says Joseph. "I listen to people. They want a 
product that looks good, that's easy to install, and offers real 
value." Worldwide, Kenwood has a reputation for consistent 
quality and affordable excellence. Some of us bought our first 
Kenwood speakers 30 years ago in college, and now our kids 
have their own Kenwood components. 

Kenwood customers aren't aficionados given much to 
fiddling or fine-tuning equipment. "They want something that's 
easy to use," with good sound and durability. 

Customers want "a product they can depend on, and they 
know they can depend upon Kenwood to give them a good deal 
for the money," says the CEO, clearly still a salesman. 

"I'm an even/day person," Richter comments. "I'm easy 
to talk to and easy to understand. And I know how to listen." 
And then he adds, "I say what I think, not what people want 
to hear." 




" He is very influential in our industry, " says Gar/ Shapiro, 
president of the Consumer Electronics Association, where 
Richter is on the board, A quiet style combined with his 
thorough knowledge of the product and the market may have 
appealed especially to Japanese-based Kenwood. "He doesn't 
speak loudly or brashly, but when he speaks people listen," 
Shapiro emphasizes. "He is not flamboyant. He is bright." 

"I'm fortunate to have this job," Richter says. "I worked 
hard all my life, and I've found some success. Really, I can't 
imagine doing anything else." 

Among many innovations and services, Kenwood offers a 
200-disc CD changer that can automatically load disc and song 
titles from the internet; and the Allura, an elegantly crafted 
compact entertainment system recently rewarded with an 
Innovation Award at the 2000 International Consumer 
Electronics Show. 

The company is breaking new ground in the exploding field 
of home theater. Stereo Review praised their Stage 3 controller 
as "an outstanding design in terms of looks, performance, con- 
venience, and versatility: an extraordinarv achievement." Richter 
notes that "Kenwood will be the first company to ship DVD 
audio products. We put our emphasis on value, and we always 
strive to improve." 

Kenwood Products are currently distributed in over 120 
countnes, and Kenwood USA markets more than 250 products. 
Fittingly enough, Richmond-based Circuit City is the company's 
major distributor. 

"He has done even/thing well for us," says Kasuga. "I am 
more than 1 00 percent for him in everything he does. I have 
total faith in Joseph." 

When asked what advice he'd offer business majors, 
Richter doesn't hesitate. 

"You learn from working, it's that simple," he says. "The 
books give you the necessary foundation, but you learn from the 
work Itself. Find something you want to do, and if you need to 
succeed, you will." 

And one more thing: " Learn how to listen, " Richter says. 
"Listening is essential, and it's something of a lost art. There will 
always be people around you who can teach you things, but you 
have to do your part, you have to listen." 

JEFF LANDON IS A FREELANCE WRITER IN RICHMOND. 
BACKGROUND IN THIS STORY AND COMMENTS BY 
WILLIAM KASUGA AND GARY SHAPIRO ARE FROM 
AN ARTICLE IN THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH. 
MAY 2. 2000. 



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Kari Hultman '86BFA owns Alive 
Design in Lemoyne, PA where she lives. 

Christopher Hyatt '89BS/H&S 
'92MS/M-BH is a postdoctoral fellow at 
the University of North Carolina in 
Chapel Hill, NC. 

Karen (Godmere) Kanis '81BS/MC is 
a program director at St. WiUiam Center 
Inc. in Louisville, KY where she lives. 

Stephen Kemp '86BS/H&S '90MD is 
assistant professor of medicine and pedi- 
atrics and founding co-director of the 
Division of Allergy and Immunology, 
Department of Medicine for the 
University of Mississippi Medical Center 
in Jackson, MI. He is also medical co- 
director of the Adult Asthma Services 
Pharmaceutical Care CUnic. Stephen is 
certified by the American Board of 
Internal Medicine and the American 
Board of Allergy and Immunology with 
an added qualification in clinical and lab- 
oratory immunology. He is contributing 
editor for the foiimal of Investigational 
Allergolog}' & Clinical hnmunolog}' and on 
the editorial board of the Annals of Allergy, 
Asthma and Immunology. 

Linette Kilboum '89BFA is a senior 
interior designer at HeUmuth Obata & 
Kassabaum, Inc. in Tokyo, where she 
lives. 

Michael Large '84BS/B is a private 
practice lawyer at Large and Associates 
since 1989. He released a CD, Tlie Moore 
Street Sessions, of 1 7 original songs in fall, 
1998. Michael lives with is wife, Kathryn 
and child, Emory in Bristol, TN. 

Betsy Lewis-Moreno '86BA/H&S 
teaches English as a Second Language at 
Edison High School in San Antonio, TX. 
She has presented at state and national 
conferences on Bilingual Education, and 
worked as a validator and trainer for the 
National Board for Professional Teaching 
Standards' certificate in English as a New 
Language. She lives with her husband, 
Jose and two sons, David and Pablo, in 
San Antonio, TX. 

*AngeIiki (Panagopoulou) Lughes 
'88MA/H&S directs a second language 
program and teaches in Scottsdale, AZ 
where she lives. 

Junie (Speight) Myers '89MA/H&S is 
director of major gifts at the YMCA of 
Greater Richmond. 

♦Judith Nye '83BS '85MS 
'89PhD/H&S is associate professor and 
department chair of psychology at 
Monmouth University in Long Branch, 
N] where she lives. 

Susan Osborne '80BS/H&S estab- 
lished The Barter Clinic in 1997. She runs 
a whole foods bakery with Internet cafe in 
the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, VA 
since 1998. 

Ronda Payne '96BS/H&S earned a 
Master of Divinity degree from Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Richmond in 
May, 2000. 

*Pearl (Halstead) Quick '82BFA 
'86MAE teaches at Tuckahoe Middle 
School in Henrico County Virginia and 



lives in Richmond. She is president of the 
Virginia Art Education Association. 

David Rathbun '89BS/B is service 
manager at Verizon in Richmond. He 
lives with his wife, Lynn (Deved) 
Rathbun '88BS/B in Midlothian, VA. 

Dean Reardon '82BS '85MS/H&S 
earned his PhD in biomedical 
sciences/cancer biology from UTHSC- 
Houston/MD Anderson Cancer Center in 
1994. He is assistant professor of pharma- 
cology at the University of Louisiana 
College of Pharmacy in Momoe, LA, 
where he lives. He has more than IS 
publications on cancer research. He 
worked in the Department of Radiation 
Oncology at VCU's MCV Hospitals. 

Raymond Rozycki '82BFA is a visual 
information specialist for the FBI in 
Washington and lives in Annandale, VA. 

McDaniel Rucker TV '80MEd teaches 
at Robious Middle School in Chesterfield, 
VA. He lives in Midlothian, VA. 

WUIiam Sands '86BS '88MS/H&S is a 
research chemist at the U.S. Department 
of Energy in Pittsburgh. He lives in 
Butier, PA. 

Martin Segal '81BS/H&S is a project 
manager at Mulvanny Architects in 
Portland, OR. 

David Shields '88BA/H&S is assistant 
professor of history at Manhattanville 
College in Purchase, NY. He lives in 
Ridgefield, CT. 

F. Scott Shine '82BS/B is vice presi- 
dent of interactive marketing at Bank of 
America in Jacksonville, FL where he Uves. 

Linda Shore '84BFA is a costume spe- 
cialist at Universal Studios/Islands of 
Adventure in Orlando, FL. She lives in 
Davenport, FL. 

♦Christopher Smiley '88BS/H&S 
'93DDS has a dentistry practice in 
Chesterfield, VA. He's a member of the 
Academy of General Dentistry and the 
Midlothian Study Club. 

Paulette Smith '82BS/B is director of 
Administiation at Richmond 
Metropolitan Authority. She lives in 
Richmond. 

♦Richard Smith Jr. '86BS/B is vice 
president of human resources for the 
Midwest Division of the American Cancer 
Society since July 10, 2000. He covers four 
states and is headquartered in Pewaukee, 
a suburb of Milwaukee, IL. 

♦William Springer '87BS/B is 
southern Michigan district manager at 
Babbage's Etc in Livonia, Ml. He lives in 
Canton, MI. 

William Stowe '85BA/H&S lives with 
his wife, Jeanne in Laval, France. He has 
two children, Emma and Felix. William 
would like to hear firom his good friends. 

Michael Toler '88BA/H&S is a 
research assistant in the Institute of 
Global Cultijral Studies at SUNY- 
Binghamton in New York, where he just 
received a PhD in comparative literature. 

Clemenceau Urey Sr. '84MBA is CEO 
at Atiantic Life & General Insurance Co. 



and general manager at Atlantic Printing 
Press in Monrovia, Liberia. 

Jesse Vaughan '80BS/MC is directing 
his first feature fUm, Juwanna Mann. An 
NBA basketball player kicked out of the 
league turns to the WNBA as a last resort, 
posing as a woman. ("A sort of African- 
American Tootsie.) Jesse has made music 
videos for artists including N'Sync and 
Master P, directed episodes of In Living 
Color, and worked on commercials includ- 
ing the Domino's Pizza campaign featur- 
ing bassist Bootsy Collins. 

Marcus Ward '87BFA is director of 
graphic services at Sunrise Assisted Living, 
Inc. in McLean, VA. He lives in Sterling, 
VA. 

Sharon Ward '84BS/H&S is assistant 
department head of the department of 
Ob-Gyn Uniformed Services University of 
Health Sciences for the U.S. Navy in 
Bethesda, MD. She lives in Washington. 

Audrey Weber '81BS/H&S is 
European program manager for the 
Environmental Division of the Defense 
Reutilization and Marketing Service 
Intemational (DRMSI), a Department of 
Defense (DoD) agency in Wiesbaden, 
Germany. She coordinates the treatment 
and disposal of hazardous waste between 
the DoD, host nation and intemational 
regulations. She works with military 
services on environmental policy and pro- 
cedure development and supports the 
peacekeeping efforts in the Balkans. 

John Williamson '80MA/H&S is 
director of education at Pines Residential 
Treatment Center in Portsmouth, VA. He 
lives in Virginia Beach. 

Nancy Wright '82BGS eamed an 
Master of Divinity degree from Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Richmond in 
May, 2000. 

1990s 

Willis Abemathy '91C/B is corporate 
controller at Rhodes, Inc. in Atianta. He 
lives in Marietta, GA. 

Angela Agee '99BS/MC is assistant 
marketing director for Cloverleaf Mall in 
Richmond, where she lives. 

Kim Alexander '91BS/MC is a movie 
editor for USA Networks in Ontario, CA. 
She lives in Alta Loma, CA. 

Maquita Alexander '94MT teaches 
second grade. She lives in Washington. 

♦Charlotte (Moxley) Allen 
'91BS/H&S works at Kraft Foods as a 
research scientist. She Uves in Mundelein, 
IL. 

Tiffany (Proffitt) Allen '94BA/H&S 
and her husband, David celebrated the 
birth of their daughter, Rachel Eileen on 
May 4, 1999. 

Wendy Allred '97BA/H&S is an 
account executive at Thomas & 
Thomgren, Inc. in Nashville. She lives in 
Murireesboro, TN. 

♦Kristen Anderson '99BA/H&S 
married Jim Schottier on October 23, 
1999. She is an account assistant for 



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Graver, Matthews, Smith & Company in 
Arlington, VA. Kristen and Jim live in 
Burke, VA. 

Lisa Applegate '95BS/H&S is a fitness 
instructor in Biloxi, MS. 

*Elias Arvanitis '96BS/MC '99MIS is 
serving his 12-month military duty in the 
Greek Army since July, 2000. He was an 
account executive for Foote Gone & 
Belding in Athens. 

*Eric D. Babcock '95BS/H&S works in 
sales at Invisible Fencing in Midlothian, 
VA. He lives in Chesterfield, VA. 

Ashley Bagby '99MBA is a product 
analyst for General Electric Automation. 
She lives in ChariottesviDe, VA. 

Woodward Bailey '91BS '94MS/H&S 
works at North Carolina State University 
Department of Entomology in Raleigh, 
NC. He lives in Durham, NG. 

Jennifer Barton '94BFA is a market- 
ing coordinator for Boulder Associates, an 
architectural and interior design firm in 
Boulder, GO specializing in healthcare 
facility design. She Uves in Lafayette, CO. 

Stacey Bates '99MS/MC is a commu- 
nications specialist at W]G Public Schools 
in Williamsburg, VA where she lives. 

WilUam Beebe '97BS/H&S is a game 
buyer at European Imports Ltd. in 
Chicago, IL where he lives. 

Brian Bennett '95BS/H&S is the assis- 
tant athletic trainer at the College of 
William and Mary In VA. Brian is on the 
Board of Advisors of the National 
Lightning Safety Institute and co-chaired 
the team developing a position statement 
on lightning safety for the National 
Athletic Trainer's Association. His article 
on lightening safety policy appeared in 
the September, 1997 issue of the Joiimal of 
Athletic Training. 

Keith Berkle '98BS/H&S is in medical 
school at VCU. 

Melissa (Shaheen) Berling 
'97BA/H&S is an account manager at 
Brann RMG, an advertising agency. She 
Uves with her husband, Karl in 
Richmond. 

*Rebecca (HarreU) Blackwell '91BS/B 
and her husband, Mark Blackwell 
'99MBA celebrated the birth of their 
daughter, Morgan on February 11, 2000. 
They live In Richmond. 

Herbert Bland '93BS/B married 
Sorronia (Smith) Bland on November 20, 
1999. He works for Duval County Public 
Schools. They live in Jacksonville, FL. 

Janet (Mason) Blankenship 
'98BS/H&S is a police officer in 
Chesterfield County, VA. She lives in 
Richmond. 

"Matthew Bobbitt '99BA/H&S is a 
collector for DDl Transportation in 
Ashland, VA. He lives in Richmond. 

Elizabeth BorteU '95BS/H&S earned 
her DDS from Howard University In 
Washington, in 1999. She's now a first- 
year resident in pediatric dentistry there. 

Heather BosweU '99BS/H&S is 
pursuing a PharmD degree at 



Shenandoah University, in Winchester, 
VA where she lives. 

♦Alexander Bridges '96BA/H&S 
'99BS/MC is a reporter for the Hopewell 
News. He lives in Glen Allen, VA. 

Scott Brookman '90MA/H&S, 
teaches in VCU's English Department. He 
released a CD and was featured in St}'ie 
Weekly. Scott is married to Claudia 
(Arnold) Brookman '93MT. 

David Burroughs '98BS/B is a pro- 
grammer/analyst for the Commonwealth 
of Virginia. 

*Linnie Carter '93BS '98MS/MC is 
director of Institutional Advancement at 
John Tyler Community College, where 
she is executive director of the John Tyler 
Community College Foundation, coordi- 
nates foundation and scholarship activi- 
ties, and directs public relations. 

Jin Chung '99BS/B is IXOS adminis- 
trator at Omni Services in Culpeper, VA 
where he lives. 

Lisa Coats '98MA/H&S works in the 
archives and catalogs books at the 
Institute for Advanced Study in the 
Historical Studies-Social Science library in 
Princeton, NJ. She also teaches freshman 
English as an adjunct faculty member at 
the College of New Jersey. Lisa lives with 
her husband, Jim In Trenton, NJ. 

Karen Compton '97MBA is financial 
reporting manager at Clariant Corpora- 
tion in Charlotte, NC where she lives. 

Alfreda Cook '94BS/B is a plan com- 
pliance analyst at National Automobile 
Dealers Association in McLean, VA. She 
lives in CentrevUle, VA. 

Wmdy Cooper '99BS/H&S is a case 
manager for Virginia Alcohol Safety 
Action Program. She lives In Hampton, 
VA. 

*Lori Couch '98MT teaches kinder- 
garten at Clover HUl Elementary School 
in Chesterfield County, VA. She is 
building a house with her husband, 
David. 

Lorraine (Menar) Cox '92BFA is 
pursuing a PhD In contemporary art and 
theory (art history) at the University of 
Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She and her 
husband, Eugene Cox '93BS/B live in 
Champaign. 

Cari (Lawyer) Crawford '97MSW is 
an instmctor/child welfare outcomes 
project manager at VCU's School of Social 
Work, VISSTA. She lives with her 
husband, David In Richmond. 

Susan Creecy '91BS/MC is a director 
of marketing and communications at 
United Way of South Hampton Roads in 
Norfolk, VA. She was a senior associate at 
Goldman and Associates Public Relations 
and Advertising. Susan lives in 
Portsmouth, VA. 

Fonda (Heath) Dandridge '93BS/B is 
a resident applicant coordinator for 
MCVP-Division of Neurosurgery in 
Richmond. 

Reginald Davenport '92BS/H&S 
'94MT teaches physics and co-chairs the 
science department at John Randolph 



Tucker High School in Henrico County, 
VA where he lives. He was Tucker's 
Teacher of the Year and one of the top six 
teachers in Henrico County Schools. 

James Day '98MS/H&S is in the PhD 
program for biochemistry and genetics at 
the University of Miami-Ohio in Oxford, 
OH where he lives. 

John Donnelly '94BA '99MA/H&S 
teaches religion and history on the 
adjunct faculty of Germanna Community 
College in Fredricksburg, VA. He lives in 
Richmond. 

Catherine Droppleman '99MA/H&S 
works for Hanover County Public Schools 
in Ashland, VA. She Uves in Beaverdam, 
VA. 

*Pat (Garrison) Dungan '95BFA is 
assistant curator of the Children's 
Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth, VA. 

Michelene Dunlavey '99MT teaches 
third grade at MechanicsviUe Elementary 
School in Hanover County, VA where she 
lives. 

Brady Dyer '96BA/H&S is public rela- 
tions associate and associate editor at the 
Chrysler Musuem of Art in Norfolk, VA 
where she lives. 

*William Echelberger '90MBA works 
for the Virginia State Senate in Richmond. 

Michele Feeback '96BS/H&S works at 
Manchester high school in Midlothian, 
VA. She lives in Richmond. 

Aileen Feeney '97BFA works at 
THINK New Ideas as a graphic designer. 
She lives in New York City. 

Maribeth Fischer's '90MFA/H&S first 
novel, TIk Language of Good-Bye, wUl be 
published by Dutton in April,'2001. ilfs 
ven'gooci: Ed.) She has received a Pushcart 
Prize, the Smart Family Foundation Prize 
and has twice been mentioned for a 
notable essay in Best American Essays. 
Her essays have appeared in Tlie Iowa 
Re\'iew, Tiie Yale Re\iew, and Pushcart XX: 
Best of the Small Presses. 

*Sean Fitzgerald '93BS/MC married 
Cara Harte '93BA/A on October 9, 1999. 
He sells recruitment services and advertis- 
ing in High Tech Career Almanac for 
tecHound.com and techies.com. They live 
in Falls Church, VA. 

Judith neming '93BS/MC is an 
actiess living in Beveriy HiUs. 

Steffanie Foltz '99BS/H&S works at 
Capital One in Richmond, where she 
Uves. 

Prentice Frazier '99MS/H&S is a 
manager systems analyst for Capital One 
Financial in Glen AUen, VA. He Uves in 
Colonial Heights, VA. 

Kimberly Freiberger '97MS/H&S won 
the Anna and Walt Tabor Educational 
Foundation Scholarship from the 
Incentive Manufacturers Representative 
Association. She is a doctoral student in 
sociology at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, 
VA. Kimberly is a certified sexual assault 
and violence education services counselor 
at Virginia Tech and belongs to the 
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Sodology Association and Alpha Kappa 
Delta, a national sociology honor society. 

Peter Furbert '98BS/B is a key systems 
engineer at Telecommunications 
Concepts Inc. in Springfield, VA. He lives 
in Alexandria, VA. 

Marie Gill '99BSA1C is the executive 
director at South Hill Chamber of 
Commerce in South Hill, VA where she 
lives. 

AngeUa (WUUs) Givler '96BA/H&S 
married Bill Gilver on May 3, 1997. She 
lives with her husband. Bill and their two- 
year-old son, Jacob in Monroe, LA. 

*Lenard Godfrey Jr. '99BS/MC is in 
the management program at Enterprise 
Rent-A-Car in Hampton Roads, VA. 

Amy GoUghtly-Michael '93MSW 
lives with her husband, Kurt and their 
two children, Kauner and Olivia in 
Boone, NC. 

*Loriaime (Howard) Gosselin '92BFA 
works for Walt Disney Imagineering as an 
interiors consultant in Lake Buena Vista, 
PL. She Uves in Groveland, PL. 

Sudershan Goyal '92MS/H&S is a 
staff engineer at Sun Miaosystems, Inc. 
He lives in Union City, CA. 

*KeUy Griffin '93BS/B is a materials 
planner for Arrow Electronics in Raleigh, 
NC, where she lives. 

John Gusler '96BS/H&S earned a 
MURP from Virginia Tech in May, 2000 
in Blacksburg, VA. 

Sigmundiir Halldorsson '90BS/MC 
works at Icelandair as a webmaster in 
Reykjavik, Iceland. He lives in 
Hafnarfjordur, Iceland. 

Aloma Harris '98BS/HS[S is executor 
of assets protection at Target Stores in 
Midlothian, VA. She lives in Richmond. 

*Antwan Harris '99BS/H&S works for 
the VCU Police Department as a dispatch- 
er. He is also a part-time rehabilitation 
counselor for the Department of 
Corrections. He lives in Petersburg, VA. 

Alika Harroo '99MS/MC is public 
information assistant for the Virginia 
CoUege Savings Plan in Richmond. 

*Aimee Hay '96BA/H&S is a law clerk 
to an associate judge in the Seventh 
Judicial Circuit of Maryland. She lives in 
Arlington, Va. 

Meredith Qessen) Hayes '99BA/H&S 
is a product designer on the Capital One 
team at Creative Office Environments in 
Richmond. She lives in Mechanicsville, 
VA, 

Rafael Hernandez III '98BM is 
working on a master's in music composi- 
tion at the University of Texas in Austin, 
where he lives. His piece, Man Expanding, 
was chosen to be read in the 2000 
Wliitaker New Music Reading Sessions 
held by the American Composers 
Orchesfra in New York City on April 4, 
2000. 

Margaret (Pancoast) Hopkins '91BFA 
is a scientific and technical photographer 
at the NASA Langley Research Center in 
Hampton, VA. She lives in Yorktown, VA. 



*Sheryl (MiUer) Hosey '92BFA 
'97MA/H&S teaches American and world 
literature at Council Rock High School in 
Newtown, PA. She was an editor for seven 
years. Sheryl lives in Perkiomenville, PA. 

Mary (McConneU) Houser '92BS/MC 
is director of communications at Scenic 
America in Washington. She lives in 
Springfield, VA. 

Yi-Jer Huang '93C '99MS/H&S works 
at the Office of the Attorney General in 
Richmond. He lives in Midlothian, VA. 

KeUy Hundley '97BA/H&S works for 
the Virginia State Bar in Richmond where 
she lives. She is taking paralegal courses 
and planning to become a certified legal 
assistant. 

Lorie Jackson '99BA/H&S is a substi- 
tute teacher at Richmond Public Schools. 
She lives in Richmond. 

Nancy Johns '93BS/MC is a jewelry 
artist. Her work includes small beach 
stones, ceramic tiles and semi-precious 
stones. Nancy has participated in several 
juried shows and charity events. She lives 
with her husband, Jim in Richmond. 

Nancy Gentry Johnson '96MS/HScS 
is deputy sheriff in Pembroke, VA. Her 
effective efforts in community policing, 
on which she wrote her master's thesis at 
VCU, were featured in the Washington 
Post (Nov. 25,2000) ■ 

William Johnson '93BS/B is adminis- 
ttative director of Jay County Hospital in 
Portland, IN. He was corporate safety 
officer and associate director of risk man- 
agement for Cardinal Health System since 
1997-99. WiUiam is also pursuing a 
Master of Health Administiation at 
Indiana University. He lives in Fishers, IN. 

Shawnna Johnson '98BS/H&S is an 
information specialist in the product 
quality department for Whitehall-Robins 
HealthcareAVyeth-Ayerst in Richmond, 
where she lives. 

Sherlyn Jones '96BS/MC '96BS/H&S 
is a staff' writer for Star News Inc. in 
Wilmington, NC, where she lives. 

Howard Jordan Jr. '99MS/MC works 
for Berlin Cameron & Partners in New 
York City. He lives in Brooklyn. 

Charles Kain '99BS/H&S graduated 
from Virginia State Police Academy on 
January 14, 2000. He works in Division V 
in Chesapeake and pafrols Area 46 
Hampton Roads/Newport News. Charies 
lives in Richmond. 

Arma Kelly '99BS/MC works at 
McGuire Consulting in Richmond where 
she lives. She is a member of the Public 
Relations Society of America. 

Sackdinanh Keomahathai 
'90BS/H&S '96MD is a chief resident at 
the University of Virginia Health Sciences 
Center, Department of Physical Medicine 
and Rehabilitation in Charlottesville, VA 
where he lives. 

Miranda Key '91BFA is pursuing an 
MBA in marketing at George Washington 
University in Washington. She lives with 
her husband, Keith and child, Kaeden in 
Arlington, VA. 



'Christine Kopp '98BFA is a market- 
ing consultant in Hemdon, VA. She lives 
in Leesburg, VA. 

Aimee Kuehn '99BS/H&S is an 
oceanography research associate at Old 
Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She 
lives in Cheasapeake, VA. 

GabrieUe Kyhlstedt '98BFA is an 
assistant at Gotlands Konstskola (art 
school) in Visby, Sweden. She lives in 
Spanga, Sweden. 

Matthew Letson '91BS/B is vice presi- 
dent of Hanover Excess & Surplus, Inc., a 
wholesale broker of property and casualty 
insurance in WUmington, NC where he 
lives with his wife, Zonya. 

John Lindner '92BFA is creative 
director at BrannRMG, a full-service dfrect 
marketing agency in Richmond. With the 
company since 1995, he was co-acting 
creative director for the Richmond office 
and acting director of the Toronto office. 

Marian (Walker) Littleton 
'97BA/H&S is student service program 
coordinator for the Department of Physics 
and Asfronomy at Clemson University. 
She lives with her husband, Roy Littleton 
'96BS/H&S in Clemson, SC. Roy is 
working toward a PhD in Materials 
Science Engineering. 

Susan Maxwell-Humphries '95BSW 
'97MSW and her husband, Jeffrey 
Humphries '95BS/E celebrated the birth 
of their son, Ethan Gordon on May 26, 
1999. She is a part-time home-based clini- 
cian with the child and adolescent 
services team of Chesterfield Mental 
Health in Chesterfield, VA. Susan lives in 
Chester, VA. 

*LaVeme Mayer '94BS/B is a budget 
assistant at Synetics, Inc. in King George, 
VA where she lives. 

Jennifer McConneU '97BFA co- 
founded Rorschach Theatie in 
Washington, DC. 

♦Sean McDaniel '94BS/H&S is a 
software engineer for TRW Foundation. 
He lives in Chester, VA. 

Peter McGuigan '91BA/H&S is 
foreign rights director for Sanford J. 
Greenburger Associates, a literary agency 
in Manhattan. He worked in book pub- 
lishing since 1993. He lives in New York 
City. 

Michael McKenzie '92BS/H&S gradu- 
ated from Iberoamerican University 
School of Medicine in December, 1998. 
He is doing his residency in anesthesiolo- 
gy at the University of Oklahoma in 
Oklahoma City, where he lives. 

Eric McMackin '96BA/HS6 is an 
account manager at Quality 
Transportation in Ashland, VA. He 
married Christel Brazier on April 4, 1999 
and became the father of her six-year-old 
daughter, Eniqueke. They celebrated the 
birth of thefr son, ,\kili on October 20, 
1999. They Uve in Richmond. 

*Kelli MiUer '91BSAiC founded 
NewScience, Inc., a science writing and 
video production company. She worked 
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writing for a science encyclopedia and 
producing six television news reports 
each month for the syndicated program, 
Discoveries & Breakthrougfts. She lives in 
Woodstock, GA. 

Mark Miller '92BS/AH is an adminis- 
trator with IBM in Bethesda, MD. He lives 
in Largo, MD. 

Tonya (Tickle) Myers '98BS/H&S 
teaches for Wythe County Schools. She 
lives in Wytheville, VA. 

*Luisa Nazzaro '93BFA is a senior 
graphic designer for SYMANTEC in 
Newport News, VA where she lives. 

Tuan Nguyen '96BS 'OOMS/H&S is an 
IT associate at Capital One Services in 
Glen Allen, VA. He lives in Richmond. 

Adam Nixon '97MFA works at NBC 
News as a political archivist/field producer 
in Washington. He lives in Rockville, MD. 

Helen (Panagoulias) Nixon '94MFA 
teaches for Montgomery County Public 
Schools. She lives in Rock-vUle, MD. 

Melanie Norton '95MT teaches ninth 
grade English at Bishop Ireton High 
School in Alexandria, VA. 

Heather (Griffin) Ott '99BS/H&S 
tests the hardness and chlorine level of 
water at Rain Soft Water Treatment in 
Virginia Beach. She lives in Chesapeake, 
VA. 

Stephen Owens '93BS/H&S is a 
marine scientist in the fisheries science 
department at the Virginia Institute of 
Marine Science in Gloucester Point, VA. 
He Uves in Gloucester. 

Micheal Park '96BSW is a physician 
assistant at Mannboro Medical Center in 
Amelia, VA. 

*Malorie Pascual '99BS/MC works 
at the Internal Revenue Service in Rich- 
mond where she lives. She also puts 
together VCUIn the News for University 
News Services, a bimonthly publication. 

Cheryl (Cibula) Payne '96BS/B works 
at Utica National Insurance Company 
and lives in Richmond. 

*Jacquelyn Pelzer '92BS/H&S works 
at the Radford Animal Hospital in 
Radford, VA. She celebrated the birth of 
her daughter, NoeUe Rose on December 
23, 1998. Jacquelyn graduated from 
Virginia Tech Veterinary School in 1997. 
She lives in Blacksburg, VA. 

*Aaron Perlut '93BS/MC married 
Susan Periut in November, 1999 in 
Richmond. He is a spokesman for 
Carolina Power and Light in Raleigh, 
NC. He lives in MorrisviUe, NC and 
"still believes that pork is the other 
white meat." 

*Jason Pensler '96BS/H&S teaches 
second grade for Fairfax County Public 
Schools in Alexandria, VA. He married 
Carmen Diaz-Ortiz on August 7, 1999. 
Jason earned a MEd from George Mason 
University in 1999. They live in 
Springfield, VA. 

Peyton (Fleischer) Peterson '94BS/E 
married Lt. Thomas Peterson, a West 
Point graduate on Febmary 13, 1999. 
They live in Gariand, TX. 



Daria Pike '99BS/H&S is a paralegal at 
Bowen, Bryant, Champlin & Carr in 
Richmond. She lives in Hopewell, VA. 

Tracy Pinkney '91BS/MC lives with 
her husband, Ron Johnson and their 
daughter, Aysia in West Palm Beach, FL. 

Chris PuUey '96BS/E is a recreation 
specialist for the U.S. Air Force Cannon 
Base Fitness Center. He was deployed to a 
remote location in Kuwait from January 
to May, 1999. Chris ran a full intramural 
program of all core sports at a bare base 
location, an effort essential to troop 
morale. Chris lives in Clovis, NM. 

Sherry Quigley '96BS '99MS/H&S is 
an adolescent behavioral counselor. She 
lives in Fredricksburg, VA. 

Michael Reed '98BA/H&S is a pastor 
and pursuing a Master of Divinity at Duke 
Divinity. He lives with his wife, Jennifer 
Reed '98BA/H&S in Warsaw, VA. 

*Melissa (Frank) Reeves '99BS/H&S 
works at the Genetics and fVT Institute as 
a lab technician in the Microgenetics 
Department in Fairfax, VA. She lives in 
Alexandria, VA. 

♦Jennifer ReiUy '99BS/MC works for 
the Richmond Police Department. She 
lives in Midlothian, VA. 

Kembah Richardson '98BA/H&S 
teaches Spanish at Meadowbrook High 
School. She Uves in Chesterfield, VA. 

Irene Ries '94BA '99C 'OOMS/H&S is 
project director at the Juvenile Offender 
Project Office for the Supreme Court of 
Virginia in Richmond. She is also an 
adjunct faculty member at VCU in the 
Department of Criminal Justice Services. 
Irene lives in Chesterfield, VA. 

Robert Roland '91BS/B is the presi- 
dent of Benchmark Mortgage, Inc in 
Richmond. His wife, Tracey (Carter) 
Roland is an assistant at Benchmark 
as well. 

WUliam Rouse Jr. '96BS/MC is an 
account executive at WFMY2-TV, 
Gannett Broadcasting Company in 
Greensboro, NC where he lives. 

John RusseU 11 '99BS/MC works at 
Pitney-Bowes Incorporated in sales. He 
lives in Richmond. 

Eliza (Ragsdale) Schenck 
'98PhD/H&S is a staff psychologist at 
Wake Forest University School of 
Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. She 
lives in Greensboro, NC. 

*Melissa Siddons '97BS/H&S is a sci- 
entific writer at PPD Development in 
Richmond. She lives with her husband, 
Teri Johnson in Crewe, VA. 

Rachana Singh '98BFA is getting an 
MFA in drama at Yale University. During 
the summer, she worked in human 
resources on contract negotiations for 
Disney Theatricals in New York City. The 
contiacts include Broadway productions 
of Vie Lion King, Aida, and Beauty and the 
Beast. 

Stephanie Sisson '98BS/H&S does 
conectional counseling and treatment for 
incarcerated offenders at the Virginia 




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See the breathtak- 
ing scenery and 
stunning archi- 
tecture of 
Andalucia and 
learn about 
the region's 

rich history """ 

on the VCUAA 
Alumni College Abroad 
Tours tnp to Spain. Your home 
base will be the first-class Hotel Ciudad 
de Ubeda, located among Ubeda's 
medieval mansions and palaces. 

Tour the ancient town of Baeza, 
established under Roman rule; and visit 
Cordoba, once the capital of Moonsh 
Spam. Explore the university town of 
Granada and see the Alhambra, a magnifi- 
cent example of Moorish architecture. 
Wander through the vast Nature Park in 
Cazorla. Excursions, lectures and "meet 
the people" exchanges provide a wonder- 
ful opportunity to assimilate local culture, 
histon/ and way of life. 

Or join VCUAA Alumni College Abroad 
Tours on a trip to Sorrento, the Rhine 
River, Wales or Greece in 2001 ; 

Sorrento March 26-April 3 

Spain April 23-May 1 

Rhine River May 17-25 

Wales July 4-1 2 

Greece September 26-October 5 

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most experienced company specializing 
in alumni travel. Tours feature accommo- 
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excursions and air travel from gateway 
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Travelers stay in first-class hotels located 
in picturesque towns. 

The educational and cultural experi- 
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WINTER 35 2001 



Correctional Center for Women in 
Goochland, VA. She lives in Glen 
Allen, VA. 

*Zorica Skoro '99MS/H&S teaches 
mathematics at Math & Science High 
School in Midlothian, VA. She also 
teaches calculus, precalculus and statistics 
lab at VCU. Zorica lives in Richmond. 

Kume Smith '98MT teaches and 
chairs the language arts department at 
Falling Creek Middle School in 
Chesterfield County, VA where she has 
been for three years. She lives in 
Richmond. 

Shelley Smith '96MS/H&S is a senior 
forensic scientist at the Virginia Division 
of Forensic Science in Richmond. She 
lives in Midlothian, VA. 

Jaime (Ceruti) Stacey '98BM teaches 
music at Falling Creek Elementary School 
in Chesterfield County, VA. She lives in 
Midlothian, VA. 

I. Todd Stanley '91BFA is senior art 
director for BrannRMG in Glen Allen, VA 
where he Uves. 

Elizabeth Stephens '95BS/MC works 
for Money Magazine, Time Inc. as a copy 
editor in New York City. She lives in 
Hoboken, NJ. 

Michael Stowe '92BS/MC is New 
River Valley editor at Vie Roanoke Times. 
He lives in Blacksburg, VA. 



Patrick Stuard '98BFA is a graphic 
designer at Ernst & Young LLP in McLean, 
VA. He lives in Washington. 

Pamela (Royal) Summers '95BS/B 
works at VCU as a clinical research spe- 
cialist senior. She Uves in Chesterfield, VA. 

Steven Sutherland '99BS/MC works 
in sales at Quarles Petroleum, Inc. in 
Fredricksburg, VA. He lives in Wanenton, 
VA. 

*Wimam Thomas '99MS/MC is an 
art director at Rubin Postaer & Associates 
in Santa Monica, CA where he Uves. 

Ten Thorowgood '94BS(RC)/AH 
'98MSW is a research associate at the 
National Academies in Washington. She 
Uves in Kensington, MD. 

'Michael Timm '99BS/H&S works for 
the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office 
while pursuing an master's in public 
administration at VCU. He lives in 
Spotsylvania, VA. 

Kin To '99BS/H&S is a software 
engineer at Bond International Software 
in Richmond where he Uves. 

Amy (Stevens) Tompkins '98BS/H&S 
is a sales representative at Paxton Van 
Lines in Richmond. She lives v«th her 
husband, William Tompkins '94BS/B in 
Chesterfield, VA. 

Scott Troy '92BS/MC is assistant vice 
president of marketing communication 



and information at ASPN in Chicago, 
where he lives. 

Anna Vita '92BS/B is a senior market- 
ing manager at American Express in New 
York City. She holds a graduate degree m 
integrated marketing communications 
from Northwestem University. Arma lives 
in Brooklyn. 

*Tracy (Crimmins) Wales '92BS/HScS 
is a veterinarian at Shandon-Wood 
Animal Clinic in Columbia, SC where she 
lives with her husband Eddie. They own 
Motor Supply Company Bistro, in 
Columbia, SC. 

Joshua Walker '99BS/H&S is a music 
teacher and performer. He lives m 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Elizabeth (Hechler) Waller 
'98BS/H&S teaches first grade at Lone 
Tree School in Beale Air Force Base, CA 
where she lives. 

Clary Washington '98C/T 
'98MA/H&S teaches EngUsh at Open 
High School in Richmond, where she 
Uves. 

*Todd Wasserman '99MT teaches 
third grade in Henrico County, VA. He 
lives in Richmond. 

*Cesley Watkins '99BA/H&S teaches 
with Head Start in Southside Richmond. 
She lives in Richmond. 




One of a Kind 

Dr. Virgil May Jr. '43MD '78MS(RC)/AH, 

orthopaedic surgeon with MCV's Children's Hospital 
for 38 years and VCU sports team physician for 32 
years, died March 19 at 80 from complications of a 
stroke he suffered in 1998. 

Daughter Linda Shields told the Richmond 
Times-Dispatch her father was passionate about 
children and worked hard to improve thek Uves. 
"Orthopaedic surgery was the love of his Ufe, a 
never-ending consuming interest." May was the first 
orthopaedic surgeon in Virginia to implement a system using devices 
inserted into children's backs for correcting scoUosis. 

This was a man of all trades, who "loved everything he did. He loved 
sports medicine. He loved athletes and competitive sports. He loved bee- 
keeping. He was a ham radio operator." 

George Borden, director of sports medicine at VCU, first encountered 
May as a student at VCU more than 20 years ago. He quickly discovered 
that May's reputation surpassed VCU's boundaries. "After college during 
my first year as a trainer in the NFL, I'd meet other teams and tell them 1 
was from Richmond. Everyone would say, 'tell Virge hello for me!' He 
really was a pioneer of sports medicine." 

Borden recalls May's amazing talent for peacekeeping. "He always 
took the time to say heUo to the opposing team's coaches. VWien things 
were tense, he'd march Uito their locker room and strike up a conversa- 
tion — even when they were workUig out their strategy. We used to shake 
our heads in wonder at him. 

He was one of a kkid. . . a tremendous physician. All the players had 
the utmost confidence in him." 

Until his stroke. May was clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at 
MCV and team physician at VCU. He concurrently taught and consulted 
at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and saw inmates as chief of 
orthopaedics for the Virginia Department of Conections. May retired as a 
partner in the Richmond Orthopaedic Clinic in 1995 



"Mr. Mac's Boys" 

Earl Arthur Mclntyre, professor emeritus in the School of Mass 
Communications, died August 22, 2000 ui a nursing home in Neenah, 
Wisconsin. He was 93. Mchityre came to VCU in 1972 at 66, and helped 
build the school's advertising and pubUc relations curriculum. 

Dr. George Cmtchfield, then director of VCU's mass communica- 
tions, remembers Mc Intyre as deeply committed to students' needs and 
interests. He recaUs a business trip to Florida, when at Mclntyre's sugges- 
tion, he dropped in on a former student. "The feUow that answered the 
door asked, 'Are you one of Mr. Mac's boys?'" Cmtchfield soon leamed 
that "Mr. Mac's boys" were aU over the country— boys Mclntyre had 
taken under his wtng during his nearly four decades in teaching, often 
providing financial help. "It was just his way of contributing to the 
world," Cmtchfield says of his coUeague. 

Mclntyre, a Worid War 11 Army veteran, retired from teaching at 
VCU but continued as the school's first full-time sports Uiformation 
director until 1986, and then as a dispatcher for VCU Police. He left the 
University in 1995. 

Cardiologist with Heart 

Dr. David Eugene Tohnan, former director of MCV Hospitals' heart 
failure/cardiac ttansplant programs, died August 14, 2000 in Richmond, 
at 41. Tolman was "a doctor's doctor," says his coUeague, Dr. Thomas 
Kerkering. "He was one of those rare people who could combine science 
with the art of medicine, and he did it really weU. He was always on the 
cutting edge of new things and new technology. But 1 would send 
patients to him because he was a patient's doctor, too," Kerkering told 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Tolman attended the University of Virginia and Boston CoUege before 
coming to MCVH. He served as heart failure/cardiac tiansplant director 
fi-om 1994 until 1999. After leaving the Hospitals, Tolman volunteered at 
the Crossover CUnic and was active in AIDS awareness programs. He 
provided major funding to the Richmond AIDS Consortium to develop a 
speaking foram. Just months before his death, his dreams were realized 
when a fomm at the Ashe Center played to a packed house. 



SHAFER COURT 36 CONNECTIONS 



Chad Whaley '96BA/H&S is studying 
toward an Master of Divinity at Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Richmond, 
where he lives. 

*John WUkinson '94BA/H&S is 
pharmacy manager at Walgreens Co. He 
lives in Chesterfield, VA. 

*Carrie Williams '99BA/H&S is a 
systems analyst at Internet Office 
Solutions and Services in Vienna, VA. She 
lives in Arlington, VA. 

Steve Wilson '93BA/H&S holds a fel- 
lowship with the Earthcraft House 
Program of the Southface Energy Institute 
in Atlanta. He is working with Atlanta 
homebuilders to build environmentally 
friendly houses, and pursuing his MURP 
at Georgia State University. He lives in 
Americus, GA. 

Reeda Worden '94BS/B '98MBA 
works for AT&T as a field service manager 
in Glen Allen, VA. She lives in Highland 
Springs, VA. 

Craig Worsham '99C/H&S is a 
sergeant in the Virginia State Police in 
Danville, VA. He lives in Hurt, VA. 

Arthur Zachary III '99BA/H&S is on 
active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. He 
lives in Suffolk, VA. 



2000s 

Diane Guinn 'OOBFA is an interior 
designer at Clark Nexsen in Virginia 
Beach, where she lives. 



Obituaries 
1940s 

Carol Lucas '49BS/H&S April 21, 
1999. 

Nancy WeUs '49BS/H&S March 19, 
2000. She is survived by her husband, 
Walter Raleigh Wells '52BM. 

Blanche (Bristow) Williams '40C 
June 2, 2000, at 85, in Richmond. 

1950s 

Allan Burton Jr. '53C/A September 
14, 2000, at 67, in Richmond. He was a 
retired graphic artist and U.S. Navy 
veteran. 

John Hockman Jr. '53BS/E March 
13, 2000, at 74, in West Point, VA. 

Jack Mackey '58BS/BJune 17, 2000, 
at 68, in Bon Air, VA. He was retired from 
Ford Motor Company. 

Harold Puckett '57 May 8, 2000, at 
64, in Atlanta, GA. He was president of 
The Puckett Group advertising agency in 



Atlanta, a board member of the American 
Tract Society, and an active church 
member. Harold wrote and illustrated 
several children's books about the life 
of Christ. 

Bernard Taylor '50BS/E September 
21, 2000, at 76, in Richmond. His wife is 
Mildred Taylor '50 BS/B. 

Shelia Weger '56/A August 7, 2000, at 
64, in Richmond. She was on the Board of 
Directors of the Adult Development 
Center and an actress at the Barksdale 
Theater and other Richmond area compa- 
nies. She was also on the boards for the 
Virginia Opera Association and Jewish 
Family Services and on the executive 
committee Chevra Kadisha of Keneseth 
Beth Israel. Shelia's husband is Marvin 
Weger '58MD. 

1960s 

Edward English '68/B January 25, 
1999. 

Jean Haskms '65/E April 12, 2000. 

Patricia Hill '61BS/B June 30, 2000, 
at 61, in Urbanna, VA. She was retired 
after 27 years as a legal secretary at Smith, 
Murphy, and Taliaferro in Warsaw, VA. 
She was married to James HUl '62 BS/B. 

Helen Theresa Johnson '65BFA 
'72MFA September 21, 2000, at 61. 




"A Man to Hunt Tigers With" 

Dr. Z. Reno Vlahcevic, recipient of VCU's 
1999 Distinguished Scholar Award and 2000 
Presidential Medallion for outstanding 
service to VCU, died July 20 at 69. He had 
been chief of gastroenterology at the 
Veterans Administration Medical Center 
since 1966 and served as MCV gastroenterol- 
ogy division chair, associate chair for research 
in the internal medicine department, director 
of MCV Hospitals' Gallstone Center and 
director of MCV Hospitals' Liver Center. Vlahcevic gained international 
recognition in 1970 with groundbreaking research into bile acid and cho- 
lesterol metabolism, for which he received the Adolf Windhaus 
International Award in 1994. 

Dr. Doug Heuman, a V.A. Hospital gastroenterologist, shared an office 
with Vlahcevic for 17 years. "He was a far-reaching, creative and powerful 
leader. In his relationships with people, Reno was guided by an exquisite 
sense of honor and personal integrity. He expected loyalty, and he 
returned that loyalty ten times over. In his own phrase, he was a man 
with whom you could hunt tigers." 

Until emigrating to the U.S. in 1959 from Zagreb, Croatia, Vlahcevic 
knew only the depression, a Nazi-occupied homeland, then a harsh com- 
munist government. Because of his opposing political beliefs, the 
University of Zagreb refused his admission to medical school. But his 
mother, with a homemade ham in hand, bribed an official to let him in. 
A humble man, Vlahcevic loved to tell tales about his beginnings. "He 
used to say he came from a Third World country and that's why he could 
never master complex mechanical equipment," Heuman recalls. "And it 
was true. He was a notoriously bad driver." But he was a man whose 
genius transcended the mundane. 

Vlahcevic taught generations of doctors, was active in numerous pro- 
fessional organizations, and was a prolific scholar and researcher. "He was 
devoted to patient care and an utter perfectionist — the most determined, 
dedicated, and unyielding of men. He lived with such intensity that he 
always seemed larger than life, and his passing marks the end of an era." 



Donations may be made to Z. Reno Vlahcevic Research Professorship in 
Gastroenterology c/o MCV Foundation, P.O. Box 980234, Richmond, VA 
23298-0234 or to the American Cancer Society. 

Source of Liglit 

Dr. Abund Ottaker Wist left a legacy of 11 patents in various fields 
when the retired adjunct professor of dentistry at MCV died March 29. A 
native of Austria, Wist was a pioneer of high-resolution light imaging 
used in scientific and medical measurements. 

Peter Moon, director of the biomaterials laboratory in the dental 
school, was one of hundreds of colleagues and students who worked with 
Wist during his nearly 30-year career. "He was an innovator. He was 
always developing new ways to apply light imaging into a broad scientif- 
ic background." Wist's later work focused on applications for detecting 
early-stage cavities using lasers. He also worked on using light imaging to 
detect changes in the skull and to determine breast cancer. 

"1 was always intrigued by his seemingly endless quest for knowledge, 
extending well over into his retirement years" said Dr. Panos Fatouros, 
chair of the Radiation Physics and Biology Division of Radiology at MCV 
Hospitals. "Dr. Wist's entire work exemplified him as the well-rounded 
scientist that he truly was." 

Moon remembers Wist as a warm, approachable man. "People said he 
always took his time to stop and speak with them. He took people as 
they were. 1 appreciated his intelligence, and as a friend, his personal 
stories helped me in my own Ufe." 

Wist joined VCU's faculty in 1973 as assistant professor of computer 
science. He later moved to MCV as assistant professor and then adjunct 
professor of dentistry, specializing in radiology. He was a senior member 
and past chairman of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, Richmond 
chapter, and helped establish a junior chapter at VCU during the engi- 
neering department's early days. 



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Douglas McMullin '68BS '72MS/B 

March 27, 2000, at 58, after a short illness. 
He lived in Tampa, FL. 

Everett Seay '64BM/A August 12, 
2000, at 73. He taught elementary classes 
at Gill County Day School and in 
Caroline County Public Schools. Everett 
was a church organist and pianist at 
several churches and composed songs as 
well. 

1970s 

Charlotte (Montgomery) Birindelli 

'73BS/E March 18, 2000. She coached 
women's basketball and tennis and 
taught physical education at Roanoke 
Catholic High School and St. Gertrude's 
High School. Charlotte coached and 
taught at VCU from 1968-1980. 

Richard Bowles Jr. '70BA/H&S 
'76MSW April 24, 2000 in Richmond. He 
was a clinical social worker for the City of 
Richmond for several years. He was also a 
former president of the Richmond Civil 
War Round Table. 

Everette Felts II '70BS/B November 1, 
2000, at 27, in Sandston, VA, after a short 
illness. He was a member of the 
Communication Workers of America 
Local #2260 and worked at Viasystems in 
the finishing department. 

Tommie (Dawson) Hatcher '77MEd 
June 5, 2000. She taught 36 years for 
Richmond Public Schools, and helped 
found the FUchmond Retired Teachers' 
Association. She was also a member of 
Henrico Retired Teachers' Association and 
a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha 
Sorority. 

MeUssa (HaU) Henne '76BA/H&S 
September 18, 2000, at 46, in Richmond. 

WilUam Kinimel '74BS/B September 
7, 1999, at 47, of melanoma cancer of the 
brain, in Maryland. He was a claims spe- 
cialist at United States Fidelity and 
Guaranty Company (USF&G) for 20 
years. 

Albert Marshall Jr. '73BS/H&S May 
19, 2000. He was a U.S. Air Force fighter 
pilot. And then a commercial pilot and an 
A-300 Captain for Pan American Airlines. 

Darl McDaniels '71BS/E May 18, 
2000, at 71, in Colonial Heights, VA. Darl 
served as a paratrooper in Worid War 11. 
He had retired as deputy director of 
Training and Development for the 
Quartermaster School at Fort Lee after 44 
years of civil service. 

Herbert MUlett '74BS/H&S '85MEd 
Febmary 1, 2000. 

Mary Parsons '74BS/H&S October 4, 
2000, in Richmond. She was a retired 
director of the Virginia Department of 
Social Services. 

Wally Schiffman '70BS/E July 24, 
2000, at 53, in Richmond. 

Vernon Williams Jr. '78BS/H&S 
March 24, 2000. He was a retired LTC of 
the U.S. Army and an EEO and conttacts 
compliance officer for the City of 
Richmond. Vernon was an active member 
of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Military 



Retirees Club, the Boy Scouts of America 
and other organizations. 

Werter Wright Jr. '78MEd May 20, 
2000 at 80. He was a farmer, educator and 
businessman. He served in the 12th 
Armored Division in World War II. 

1980s 

Lauren (Jones) Chevalier '83BFAJuIy 

21, 2000, in Temple, TX. 

Harold Heck '88PhD/CPP August 12, 
2000, at 83, in Richmond. A retired U.S. 
Army colonel with 30 years of service, he 
served with the 6th Armored Division in 
WWII and had two tours of duty in 
Vietnam. He earned the Silver Star, Legion 
of Merit, Bronze Star, and several other 
awards. 

Norma (Drinard) Hoyd '89BS/AH 
April 17, 1999, at 76 after a battle with 
cancer. She had retired in 1986 from 
American Telephone and Telegraph 
Company. Norma volunteered with 
Richmond AIDS Ministry and was a 
longterm member of American Business 
Women's Association. She was Business 
Woman of the year in 1982. 

Stephen Hunley '80BS/H&S June 3, 
2000, at 42, in YorktowTi, VA. Stephen 
worked for the Virginia Department of 
Housing and Community Development. 

Robert Strugala '87BS/H&S in New 
Jersey on October 5, 1996. 

Barbara Sumner '89BS/H&S October 
4, 2000. 

Deborah (Jackson) Williams 
'81AS/AH '87BS '96MEd May 8, 2000. 
Her husband is Vernon WUIiams 
'80BA/H&S. 

Joyce (Edwards) Winston '83BS/B 
October 21, 2000, in Williamsburg, VA. 

1990s 

Ana Quelhas '93MS/E May 10, 2000 
after a fight with cancer. 

James Radcliffe II '90BS/H&S July 9, 
2000, at 35. He was a nine-year veteran 
police officer with the City of Colonial 
Heights, owner of Bushidokan Dogo in 
Colonial Heights, and a member of Dai 
Nippon Butokukai. James taught for the 
Virginia Association of Defensive Tactics. 
His wife is Donna (Foederer) RadcUffe 
'91BS/B. 

Friends ofVCU 

Patricia (Hevvitt) Fitt A August 25, 
2000, at 79 after a long respiratory illness, 
in Bloomfield, CN. 

Gregory Semon E September 16, 
2000. 

Delphenia Tyler MSW June 11, 1998, 
at 90. She had retired in June, 1974 after 
30 years at the Division of Social Services 
in the city of Norfolk, VA. 



Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified by year 
degree/school 

Schools 

A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

(CLS) Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
(RC) Rehabilitation Counseling 

B Business 

CPP Center for Public Policy 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

En Engineering 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 

MC Mass Communications 

N Nursing 

P Pharmacy 

SW Social Work 

Degrees 

AS Associate's Degree 
C Cert:ificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 
BIS Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 
BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 
BIS, MIS Bachelor, Master of Interdisci- 
plinary Studies 
BSW, MSW Bachelor, Master of Social 

Work 
BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of 

Music, Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

Administration 
MAE Master of Art Education 
MBA Master of Business 

Administiation 
Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

Administiation 
MT Five-year Teacher Education 

program includes a BA or BS/H&S 

and a Master of Teaching. 
MURP Master of Urban and Regional 

Planning 
PhD Doctor of Philosophy 



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know, there was this little paw 
reaching in from the outside — all you 
could see was this little paw!" 

Even the neighbors noticed. 
Bruce Koplin 
'61BFA '63MFA/A, 
chair of VCU's 
Art History 
Department next 
door recalls that 
"for years there 
was a large iguana 
in the bay 
window that just 
sat there and 
stared at the 
art history 
students as they 
walked by." 



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The view out back 
shows the alley door of 
variously Hababa'sor 
Twisters, the Grace Street 
club that kept generations 
of students awake. 



Still, first to last, 
they loved it. The 
house itself was 
another sort of 
alma mater. 
Thorsen says, "It was my first apart- 
ment, and I moved in when it was 
terribly hot. I was doing my student 
teaching at East End Middle School, 
and I remember studying until three 
in the morning. My apartment was 
right in the middle of VCU, and 1 
loved it there. It was wonderful living 
in an old house, even though it was 
somewhat of a dump." Cindi 
Gadberry always wished someone 
would restore it — and alumni have. 

Today, a baby grand piano sits 
where the iguana once did, the fire- 
places are sealed, and no one at 924 is 
awakened by garbage trucks at 2 a.m. 
But the old building will continue to 
be a place where students, alumni, 
and faculty can reflect on the ever- 
present past. "I went to see the 
buUding after it was restored," says 
Mary Saunders. "They kept the fire- 
place [photo] that was in our living 
room. There's a little part of me that's 
glad it's going to be a permanent part 
of VCU." 

DOUGLAS VANN IS A FIFTH-YEAR 
SENIOR ENGLISH MAJOR AT VCU, 
WRITING FOR THE ALUMNI MAGAZINES 
IN THE TIME HE CAN SPARE FROM 
READING SAMUEL RICHARDSON'S 
INTERMINABLE NOVEL, CLARISSA. 



"Bebe Miller Is a cartographer of 
human emotions, mapping the land- 
scape of the passions in her dance." 

{Washington PosG Coming: "The Concerts 

Divide," first collaboration between dance 

greats Molissa Fenley (below) and Bebe 

Miller (right); VCU Oept. of Dance and 

Choreography March 30, 8 pm. Also Student/ 

Faculty Dance Concert, February 23-24, 8 pm; 

VCU Dance Informal Concert, April 7, 2 pm, 7 

pm; Spring Senior Dance Concert, April 26-28, 8 

pm. Grace Street Theater, Grace and Harrison 

Streets, 828-2020. 




"Star light, Star bite. . . " 

Two-time Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins 
signs autographs at VCU's Academic Campus, 
where Hannibal cast and crew set up shop in 
August. Hopkins often visited with VCU students 
bit by the acting bug during his lunch breaks at 
the Student Commons. 



"There's a personal contradic- 
tion for a person brought up 
in one language [Arabic or 
Berber] and educated in 
another [French]. The solution 
isn't personal, but political. 
[Algerians] should teach 
Arabic and Berber, but people 
won't accept Berber. If you 
repress one language for 
another, there will be 
trouble." 

Henri Alleg, French journalist and 
director of the newspaper Alger- 
Republicain, historian and freedom 
fighter, whose book. The Question 
(banned by the French government) 
galvanized French sympathy forthe 
Algerian independence movement in 
the late 1950s and early '60s. "The 
Algerian War" October 3. "Language 
& Identity" lectures sponsored by the 
Foreign Languages Department, 
Honors Program and NEH. Coming: 
"Cultural Identity in Post-Soviet 
Society" Helena Goscilo, March 8; 
Molina's Marta la Pi3dosa,the 
Spanish Comedia from University of 
Murcia, Spain, March 14-15; 
International Poetry, poet Edward 
Hirsch, April 14. (804) 278-0187 
www.has.vcu.edu/lecture 



"Sculpture is less popular 
than painting, I suspect, 
because it asks a more 
complex suspension of dis- 
belief on the part of the 
viewer, or perhaps,a more 
adventuresome mind." 



Edward Albee, multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, art collector and critic, 
curated "From Idea to Matter Nine Sculptors," Anderson Gallery, October 20- 
December 17. Coming: Jim Campbell: Time, Memory, and Meditation and A Century of 
Book Design, January 26-March 4; Student/Thesis Exhibitions, March 23-May 20; 
Virginia Watercolor June 9-August 11; August 31-October 28 David Freed Retrospective 
828-1522. 




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"That's not bipartisan bickering, 
it's negotiation." 

VCU President Irani with "President Bartlett" ''^* 
(Martin Slieen) exchange political analysis on .^ , ^ 

the set of NBC's lVe5fl/V//7ff. Irani was in j^ .', ^ 

California this summer to meet with VCU ^ ,'*■' 
alumnus Dick Robertson '67BS/IVIC, president 

of Warner Brothers Domestic Television. i 




"one of the wonders of the musical 
world, an artist who finds irmumer- 
able ways to shape and color lines." 

Cleveland Plain Dealer. Janos Starker, world- 
renowned virtuoso cellist, coming: International 
Samuel Barber Symposium, March 22-25; 
Master Class: March 23, 5 pm; Rennolds 
Concert, March 24, 8 pm. Also Musicians from 
Marlboro, February 3; Chamber Music Society 
of Lincoln Center, April 21. VCU Opera Tartuffe, 
Kirke Mechem, April 28, 29. All performances at 
Performing Arts Center, 8 pm; (804) 828-1166. 





"You're not just singing, but moving 
within a dramatic concept." 

Thomas (Vloser '67BIVI, tenor, principal 
Mozart singer at the Vienna State Opera 
during the late '70s and '80s, was awarded 
titile of Viennese Kammersangerin 1988. 
With many recordings, he performs opera and 
recitals from the Metropolitan Opera to La 
Scala to Salzburg Festival. Master Class, 
September. Coming: Watch for news of VCU 
Opera, late April. 



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"On November 7, there will 
be a national election. Much 
of it will be about you. 
Register to vote, and vote 
with passion." 

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow 
Coalition leader, urged students to 
Student Commons, Oct. 2 



I Jewehy artists in the 1970s 
I in the Netherlands, Great 
Britain, Germany and 
the U.S. created "startling new designs 
that emphasized non-precious materials 
and valued concept more than precious 
metals and gemstones. These artists took a 
deep interest in the social, economic and 
technological changes... transforming 
and democratizing their society. Their 
works involve the viewer/wearer in explo- 
rations ranging from the purely sculptural 
to the symbolic and from the minimalist 
to the flamboyant." 

"Material Considerations," 

Ursula llse-Neuman curator at 

American Crafts Museum in I 

NYC at Society of North 

American Goldsmiths (SNAG) ' 

Conference, Omni Richmond. 

Presenters include Clare 

Phillips of the Victoria and 

Albert Museum, London; John 

Behringer of Dansk Design 

International; artists Jamie 

Bennett, Linda Darty and 

others. Sponsors Hoover & 

Strong, VCU Crafts 

Department Coming: February 

28-March 3, (804) 828-1477. 

"Selections," new work by 26 alumni jewelers, runs 

at Jay Sharpe '90BFA Jewelry, 3405 West Cary 

Street, February 27-March 2. 



"Even though the Explorer had 
nothing to do with [the Firestone tire 
recall], you have to get the picture of 
your vehicle off the TV screen. A severe 
recall like this adversely affects sales in 
the month of the recall." 

Dr. George Hoffer, VCU professor of economics, 
quoted in USA Today, August 10, on Ford's 
decision to force Firestone to recall tires used 
on Ford's Explorer SUVs. 





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